Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Have you ever been so thirsty you would do almost anything for a drink of water?
This summer my family and I along with another family from our church met up at the Green Lakes trail head at the base of South Sister in beautiful Central Oregon. By the time we all arrived it was around one o’clock and the temperature had risen to about 90 degrees. So, we filled up our water bottles, loaded up our backpacks with all the essentials to survive a weekend in the wilderness and hiked the 4 1/2 miles to our campsite. The journey was beautiful. We saw massive amounts of wildflowers, gorgeous waterfalls and streams, and as we climbed higher and closer to the lakes, we passed by the dark and shiny obsidian rocky mountainside. The scenery was breathtaking to say the least.
By the time we found our campsite we were all hot and tired and thirsty. All nine of us had drained our water bottles plus a few Gatorades on the way up. Our little tribe was getting a bit cranky and we knew we had to re-fill our bottles soon. After a few minutes of searching, we found just what we needed, a beautiful little stream of fresh, rushing water. We grabbed our water filters and got to work.
I can tell you that the first drink of that mountain water was one of the most memorable moments of that whole trip. It was so cool and refreshing and pure. I drank half a bottle right away and poured the rest over my head. I went in for more. It revived me. It revived us all! That stream became essential to our time in the woods and every time we ran out of water, we looked forward to going back and getting more.
What if we thirsted for God like that? David did. Look at his example in Psalm 63:
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NIV)
Jesus gives us a delightful invitation to we who are thirsty:
“Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘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.’” (John 7:37-38 NIV)
When we open our hearts to Jesus we don’t just get a sip of water, we receive endless amounts of living water through the Holy Spirit. Are you thirsty today? Go be with Jesus in prayer and in scripture and be revived through his life giving presence!