“As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty, so God’s people rejoice when he saves them.” Isaiah 12:3
Have you ever been thirsty? I mean, throat parched and bone dry thirsty, the kind of thirst that makes you long for even a drop of moisture to quench it?
To be honest, most of us haven’t had to face that kind of thirst. In this day and age and the country we live in there is easy access to water. All it takes is a simple flip of the faucet to produce a river of water to quench our thirst. It’s something we all take for granted, myself included.
But imagine that wasn’t possible, that water was a rare commodity. Put yourself out in the desert heat, alone and without the ability to find a drop to drink. Hours slowly crawl into days, the sun beating down on you, relentlessly driving every drop of moisture from your body. Your lips begin to crack, your tongue thickens, and you begin to feel dizzy and lightheaded. Stumbling, you find it’s beginning to become increasingly difficult to concentrate, and it’s all you can do to take the next step, all the while your mind is chanting one thing…”water, if only I had a drop of water.”
Finally, you’ve reached the end of your endurance and you sink to the ground, not even enough moisture left inside of you to cry. As you lay there, you hear a noise and turn your head. Blinking, you desperately try to understand what you’re seeing. Slowly you reach out and touch it, sure that it’s a mirage, sure that it’s just a figment of your imagination, some last ditch effort of your mind to torment you.
But it’s not. As your hand comes away dripping wet, a bubble of incredulous laughter escapes. Suddenly there is hope and life and incredible heart squeezing joy! As you eagerly begin to drink from that unlikely spring of water the first taste of it is shockingly cold, but sweet, and it draws you in and fills all of the dry places in your body. Finally sated, you fall back, water running down your chin, laughing for the sheer joy of knowing that life has been restored.
This is salvation. This is what it means to find God. This is what it means to accept Christ as your Savior. Before salvation, our souls are thirsty, parched, bone dry and longing for a drop of water. We are without hope, and we grow weary of trying to fill that thirst with the mirage of the world, until at last we give up. But it’s there, at our lowest point that we remember.
In John 4:14 Jesus said, “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.”
And that is when we rejoice. When our thirst is quenched with the sweet taste of eternal life and we no longer have to fear the future, when we come to the end of ourselves and allow the sacrifice of Jesus to wash away our sins, then and only then will we know true peace and happiness and joy.
Are you thirsty?
Blessings, Kathy W