Have you ever been in the mood for … something … to eat?
You’ve got the munchies, and you’re looking for a snack. The only problem is that you’re not quite sure what will satisfy your craving.
Something salty? Something sweet? Something chewy? Something crunchy?
It’s hard to put your finger on what’s driving you to rummage through the pantry.
Nothing looks good, so, you slam through the cupboards and poke around in the back of the fridge, looking for something to satisfy your hunger.
Our souls are not so different. We get a restless yearning for … something. Our hearts are hungry.
We are driven by a deep thirst, longing, emptiness. And so, we cast about for something to satisfy our need.
If we do not nourish our soul, it grows weak and weary. Deprived of sustenance, we become strained, stretched, and stressed.
Scripture compares this desperate need with thirst. Are you thirsty? Is your heart dehydrated?
When our heart is dehydrated, our tempers flare. We have waves of worry. Whispers of guilt and fear. Hopelessness. Sleeplessness. Loneliness. Resentment. Irritability. Insecurity.
Do you remember the woman at the well? Jesus made an outlandish claim to her: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst. But the water that I shall give will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13,14).
Like the woman at the well, we need to recognize our need for living water, especially as we move through these days of this never-ending pandemic, and even more importantly as we begin the season of Season of Lent. That 40-day season of preparation for Easter begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Thursday of Holy Week.
We need moisture, a swallow of water, a long, quenching drink. But where do we find water for the soul?
Just think of the word W-E-L-L:
• Receive Christ’s Work on the cross. Through Christ’s work on the cross and in His resurrection, your sins are forgiven, and you are offered eternal life. So, you are freed from guilt, worry and fear.
• The Energy of his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is available to you every minute of every day. God’s spirit satisfies that deep hunger we may have within ourselves. It gives us power and strength even in hard times.
• His Lordship over your life. God’s lordship is available to you – we can trust that God is in control. Live your life with Jesus as your Lord, following His model for living.
• His unending, unfailing Love: God’s love is available to you – nothing can separate you from it. God’s love for you is unshakeable, immeasurable, and unswerving. Nothing can separate you from the Love of God in Jesus Christ.
In John 7 Jesus says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” Drink at his WELL and see what the Lord can do in your heart!
Rev. Dr. William Ward is the senior pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.