I looked up from my computer and realized I had been sitting for three hours without a break. My water bottle was empty, and my tea was down to the last drop. I walked into the kitchen and pushed a button on the refrigerator door. Clear, cold water gushed into my glass. How easy it was to satisfy my thirst.
As I walked back to my desk I thought about my Kurdish friend Amina who stood in line for hours in freezing temperatures in a refugee camp in Turkey waiting for a small ration of water each day for her family of six. And I remember my daughter telling me about the women she met in Zaire, Africa, who walked each day to the river to ﬁll their jars.
As for baths and showers, they’re rare among millions of people around the globe. Yet I can take two a day in hot weather if I wish to. I can swim at the local pool, water my lawn, play tag in the sprinklers with my grandkids, and freeze water into cubes to cool a drink.
Such showers of blessings! Blessings I often take for granted because I’ve never been without them. With such abundance can come complacency. How easy to overlook what God provides so conveniently—even to overlook the Lord Himself in my rush to get back to business.
Like the woman at the well, we may have our eyes on water to quench today’s thirst or to refresh our bodies so we can return to our chores or our playtime. But Jesus says that if we ask Him for a drink, He will satisfy us forever with living water, with Himself. How foolish we would be to pass up such an invitation!
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, EVERYONE, WHERE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS ARE OURS HERE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE! May we never take our freedom for granted.
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water (John 4:10).