“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
This passage in John 4 was the inspiration for the title of this blog. Here, we see the story of the Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Jesus, tired from his journey, seeks out a refreshing drink of water from an unlikely source. Never weary of teaching though, he, in turn, explains to her that he is the source of living water, something that will leave her never thirsting again. She comes to realize Christ is the Messiah.
As with some of the other stories in the Bible, I had filed this one away as a good reminder that Christ is the source of eternal water, but not entirely applicable to today’s culture. If I want to go on a long journey, I get in my car. If I want a drink of water, I go to my faucet. I do not tire from my trips and the concept of drawing water from a well is entirely foreign.
My tired and weary moments come from living everyday life. Thinking upon the times I need refreshed made me realize we do have modern day wells, just not the type we use a bucket and draw water from.
Think about all the vices you use to relax and restore yourself. Television, internet, food, alcohol… the list is endless. These are the wells we rely on to revitalize ourselves, but just like in John 4, these are all worldly wells. All of them leave us coming back for more. They refresh us for a time, but it never lasts. All of them serve as distractions, temporary sources of joy.
However, we do have a source of living water, something that gives us eternal refreshment. We find this when we draw close to God.
There is a different kind revitalization that comes from Him. Instead of finding a distraction for the distress inside me, I find the reminder of the very source of my life. My worries and cares are put into place with scriptures that remind me not to worry and that God is in control. I find rest in his refuge from the world. It is not a temporary relief. My tension and anxiety melt as I am my life priorities are put back in place.
The refreshment is not an external source that I have to return to time and time again. It provides a water that resides in my soul. As long as I am in sync with my Christian walk, I live within the hope, peace and rest that God provides.
I invite you to take this journey with me as I embark upon a quest to keep us in tune with our Father, our true source of rest. My hope is to encourage you in your Christian walk; to remind you that you are not alone in this journey; and to be a quiet place where you can refocus on what truly matters in this world. Join me at the well.
As always, if you have questions or want to study further, please feel free to e-mail me @ TheRefreshingWell@gmail.com.