How is your spring?
Not the season. Not the bounce in your step.
Rather, how's your hydrology? Are you drinking these days? I’m referring to living water.
I was reading the account of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman he met at her local well. It was quite the thing. A stranger answers her logistics question saying "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]
I wonder if her mind raced, trying to catch up to everything Jesus just implied. He leveled things up like this:
- Drink this water and get satisfied, but thirsty later
- Drink living water and never thirst again
- Become a distributor for living water
- Well up to eternal life
Wow, what's that like? How do I become a Holy Pepsi truck driver, delivering living water to the thirsty around me? And what does it mean to "well up to eternal life"?!
I like the way The Passion Translation puts it:
Jesus answered, "If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!"
YES! "A gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit [spilling life all around you] that springs up and floods you with endless life." I'll take a double serving of that!
So I go back to the beginning, and ask "How do I drink from the living water?"
Candidly, I've been "thirsting for more and deeper communion" [Open The Wells] and I wanted to wait to write about this until I had some time going deeper with the Lord. But I felt His prompting that I'd be helped personally even by writing this. And maybe there'll be some accountability with you by sharing it while I'm still in the middle of it. :)
I spent the majority of the day yesterday just going from one task to another. It was one of those days where you never feel like you "start," you just...were already going. My heart and mind were like the way my desk gets more often than I'd like: papers cluttered and there's just a little clearing for my keyboard and mouse. I felt cluttered of heart and overwhelmed of mind. I didn't feel BAD, I just didn't feel PURPOSEFUL.
At the end of my workday, I went upstairs into the kitchen (I have a home office) and the old song My Redeemer Lives came to mind and I began singing myself into hope again "I know He rescued my soul, His blood covered my sin, I believe... I believe!"
I suddenly realized that I had been working in a dry place all day. Cracked and arid. And I even did some good work. But my soul, my spring was certainly not flowing. So I made it my intent to have my first moments (whether or not I made it out of bed early or not) to be spent with Jesus. Showing up to drink.
I mean, you can pray, sing, read scripture, journal, wonder in nature (that's not a typo), sit in silence with a candle...there are lots of established ways to drink from the well. Pick one.
And let's avoid the complication of things. Do you think that if you just ask Jesus how He wants you to drink today, He'd tell you?
How can you encourage your team to join you in this? What would it look like to "drink from the well of living water" before you jump into the music? Even a simple two minutes could change things.
"Jesus, we want to drink. How do you want to give us a drink today?"
We quest together,