It’s good to think about thirst.
Even if I don’t think about it, my body will remind me of my dependence upon water. I was made to drink.
Being thirsty for God can often feel like thirst for something else. For contentment, for attention, for less stress, for quiet, for peace, for absolution, maybe. But these are all varieties of desire for Him. I’m convinced of this, because nothing else works. Nothing else is enough. And it makes sense. He made me, after all. He knows what I need, in the deepest part of me.
What I need is Him. Himself! I cannot believe how quickly I reduce God to religion, or abstract ‘spirituality’ or an idea or system. I know how to look like a Christian. I know the language, I know the creeds, I know the practices. I’ve grown up surrounded by it. But God, the person. God who says His name is “I am”. He is what I’m after. He is water, life, beauty, the essence of good. He invented this whole thing. He is a person! Not human, but a person. He is, right now, being.
He’s so mysterious. He is utterly fascinating! He spoke and made the universe. He invented time and space and justice and mercy and soul and heart, bodies and babies and cells. He is in every way ‘other’ than us. But He came near to us, through Jesus! He likes us! He wants to interact, to commune, to speak with us, to touch us. He spoke through a bunch of different people and invented the Bible, so we could get to know Him and see what He’s all about. This is what we’re made for! This is what we want; the ‘more’ that we feel is beyond reach. I know the reality is that God is so much better, more beautiful, more desirable than I can begin to imagine. I’ve tasted and seen enough to know I want more of Him.
I thirst. I hunger. I want real life. He is the answer. He is the source. He is the fountain.
John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Psalm 107:9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
John 4: 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Lizi Bailey lives in Griffin, Georgia with her husband, Matthew and their 5 beautiful children; Ezra, Silas, Lyric, Sunny and Daisy. She is a learner, singer, songwriter, musician and worship leader. Learn more at lizibailey.org or follow her @lizibailey.