On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud verse, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."
He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only. ~C. S. Lewis, Weight of Glory
Last week, my husband, Danny, notices a damp spot on our drop ceiling downstairs. Sure enough, one of our pipes has sprung a small leak. While it hasn't yet caused any irreparable damage, we all know how quickly the tides can turn. So naturally, Danny wastes no time in contacting a plumber.
The plumber arrives bright and early the next morning, right on schedule. It's one of those rare days when Danny rises before I do, so fortunately for me, he's showered, dressed and ready to deal with the situation. I'm on my second cup of coffee (if you know what's good for you, never speak to me until I've finished the first), and am contemplating a warm, leisurely shower to usher me into full morning mode, when Danny breaks the news.
"The plumber has to turn the water off until he's finished the job."
"And how long is that supposed to take?" I retort grumpily, shower hopes dashed.
"I have no idea," Danny responds.
This is definitely NOT the answer I want to hear. It's not characteristic of me to mope or pout about anything, but this time, I give into temptation, and indulge in an all-out pity party. Of all the mornings I opt to sleep later than usual, I had to choose this one. Dang! I feel so grungy and gross. I can't even brush my teeth, for crying out loud!
Then in a flash, I'm convicted. Running water is a luxury, not a given. Grow up!
And immediately, I picture the millions of people living on this planet who don't have clean water to drink or the bathe with, people for whom a hot shower isn't even an option. Ashamed of my former tantrum, I ask God's forgiveness, say a prayer for all those who struggle to find clean water, and give thanks for the indoor plumbing we all too often take for granted.
I realize, too, that whether we live in a country where fresh water is the norm, or is hard to come by, the Living Water, Christ Jesus, is available to all souls thirsting for His love, redemption and grace
Equally accessible to all.
So today, won't you come to the water, the Living Water, and drink your fill?
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