Oh God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 NLT
Recently we traveled from Texas to New Mexico; riding hundreds of miles through the unpopulated, and arid desert. The only movement was an occasional tumbleweed that would briskly roll across the road or the blinding sandstorm that we watched from afar. And yes, I quickly prayed away the thought of having car problems in such an environment.
Although one would expect minimal signs of plant life, there are various types of plants and small trees in the parched desert of New Mexico. It is their structure that enables them to remain alive. The vegetation is short with thick trunks and branches which allows for the growth of deep and expansive roots that are sustained from the earth’s reservoir of water beneath the surface.
Spiritually, our life is comparable to living in the desert. Every day we face problems that either impact us, our family or close friends. How we choose to resolve those issues will either result in our faith dwindling away or flourishing with new growth.
When we fail to have a close relationship with God, we begin to dry up and wither. Instead of possessing the deep roots that keep us steadfast and connected to the well of living water, we become as the tumbleweed that is guided by the wind, rolling to unknown destinations.
God created us with the thirst for His water; even so, it is a free-will decision to drink from His well.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV
Remember that God has provided for our every need; His resources are abundant and He has promised to sustain us through every trial and tribulation.
Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.” John 4:10 GNT
Read: John 4:1-42
Prayer for today: Dear God, Our souls thirst for your living water. We have tried to live without you and have become tumbleweeds without purpose. Please forgive us for our attitudes of self-sufficiency. We are parched and now we are ready to accept your gift by drinking from your well of living water. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz