Tomorrow we leave South Carolina and drive to North Carolina. South Carolina has been fun, but as the old saying goes, “All good things come to an end.” Vacations are quickly over. Children grow up. Elementary school. High School. College. Thanksgiving Day. Fourth of July. New clothes eventually wear out. The morning sunrise gives way to full daylight. Kittens become cats and puppies dogs. Our world is finite.
In the story of the woman at the well, found in John 4, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman, ‘Everyone who drinks water, from this well, will need more water later. Whoever drinks my water will never need more. My water will be like a stream that gives eternal life’. I think we have a hard time believing that something won’t end. We try to make the infinite, finite. That is what we know so we make it work for us. We take a small sip of the water Jesus offers and it’s great, so cool and refreshing. Then we don’t bother to ask for more until we have wandered the desert and are desperately thirsty.
Jesus wants us to drink our eight glasses of living water daily. It won’t run out. God’s storehouse is full of everything we need. If I needed forgiveness yesterday and then need it again today for the same thing, God hasn’t run out of forgiveness, He has plenty just for the asking. God knows what we need, but sometimes I think He wants to know that we know what we need and are willing to pursue it. I think we only know what we want and don’t bother to think about what we actually need. We go about drinking diet sodas when what our body really needs is a big tall glass of living water.