Come to the Water

                Today, as I went out for an early morning run, God reminded me of His presence. In fact, God spoke to me through the early morning rays glistening off the water. It was a beautiful distraction and one that caused me to stop for a moment and thank Him for this glorious gift this morning. I suspect there are many people who prefer to be stuck in the doldrums of winter- not me. I need to be outside breathing in the mild air of just three seasons. Albeit summer, spring, or fall (in that order), it makes no difference to me, because I am at peace, when I am near the water. It’s strange. Instinctively, my soul is keenly aware of the things that bring me peace-such as water. And like the flipping of a switch, I go into spiritual autopilot when I am near the water. I wonder why?

I often ponder about these things, and my mind always seeks to reason. Metaphorically rich in text, the bible speaks about water in many different ways. We know about the Great Flood, and the baptism of Jesus by Saint John. There is one particular story that resonates with me in a special way. Symbolically, in the bible we read, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14.  What is Jesus saying here? Are there two types of water? One in which we seek out ourselves, or one that we receive from Jesus? Further into the Gospel of John, we read of a conversation that took place near a community water well between Jesus, and a Samaritan woman (first known water cooler chat!). Why is this story so strikingly beautiful? You see, Samaritans were despised by the Jewish people. In fact, Jews were not allowed to associate with Samaritans, let alone be seen near a woman without her husband. Incidentally, this women was not married and was living openly with a series of men. Of course Jesus already knew this.

In this remarkable scene, Jesus kindly asks “will you give me a drink” John 4:7. The woman questions Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman,” she reminded him. “How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9). Why do I love this scene? Because here, we have a woman who is clearly ostracized from society. Undoubtedly, she is living in sin, and in fact, is immorally bankrupt. But these things do not matter to Jesus. Nonetheless, Jesus takes His time to speak with this women, while asking her to pour him a cup of water. His grace and mercy speak volumes as He ministers to the needs of this women. We glean so much truth from this scene.

As Christians, we believe that salvation and eternal life awaits us all. But first, we must recognize our sinful ways and repent. The water that Jesus gives us, will provide everlasting life to each of us. The blood and water that gushes forth from the heart of Jesus is His Mercy that washes away our sins. I believe this is why I love being near the water. It is the promise of everlasting life. It is through His water, and not mine that quenches my thirst. It is Jesus’ desire that we mingle with all of our brothers and sisters to help reveal His truth. I thirst for the love of Jesus and His promises. Let us all come to the water!

                                   O let all who thirst

                                  Let them come to the water

                                 And let all who have nothing

                                Let them come to the Lord    (John Foley)