Friday, September 01, 2006
Living in the desert gives a new perspective on the importance of water. Even in the high desert of southeastern Arizona, water is precious. As towns grow into cities, this necessity drives just about every aspect of development. This is particularly important as the region is in the middle of a drought.
The abundance of ground water can turn a backyard or park into a mini-oasis. Nonetheless, as the drought continues, the lack of rain takes its toll. Certainly proper cultivation and fertilization helps green up the grass, trees, and flowers.
However, there’s something about rain that truly brings the desert to life. It’s as if grass grows by the hour and flowers pop open overnight providing a Technicolor landscape. Hues and brilliance provide a beautiful contrast while the dusty brown terrain so normal here disappears. All of nature instinctively draws closer to the natural drenching of the desert.
It’s the same way for us. Without the living water of Christ, we can wither and turn into dusty Christians, parched and empty – a drought unto ourselves. Try as we might to water ourselves by artificial means, we never reach the full beauty our Creator intended. Imitation only brings temporary joy, if even that.
Many are familiar with Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman in this verse. The Life Application explains that while Christ did not come to take away the challenges we face in the circumstances of life, He can change us on the inside so that we can live life from God’s perspective.
Without the living water Jesus talks about, we will continue to thirst and continue to seek, filled only with short-lived satisfaction and long-term disappointment.
Consider how things look after a refreshing rain – vibrant and alive. The same transformation can take place in each of us if we seek and drink the living water of Christ.