Day 3: Drink Water
“Let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” (Revelations 22:17b)
“I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jeremiah 31:25)
Coffee is brewed with water, so I try to pretend that drinking it is the same thing. The Black Hydration. The Holy Grail. But people who know about these things tell me, it’s not. When they say, “Drink water” they actually mean the clear stuff out of the sink.
Whether you’re a water hater, or a water lover, today is the day: drink water.
In my experience, it helps to have a straw.
There’s something about a glass of plain water that says something to our hearts. It doesn’t over-stimulate our taste buds. It invites us into the wonder of simplicity. If you drink just water long enough, you can begin to detect the gentle differences in flavor. The hint of minerals. The suggestion of the ancient course this drink took to get to you. The simplest of all drinks, the base of all beverages. Sometimes it’s nice to just get to know it.
Whenever we talk about water, I think about “The Samaritan Woman.” That’s what the authors of the Bible called her. They never bothered to ask her name. To them, the title seemed to sum up everything important. It served as a giant, neon Warning Sign!
Samaritan: Hated tribe of compromising, idol worshiping, defiling half-breeds.
Woman: Lowest, unclean, dangerous.
She was an Untouchable.
Perhaps you have heard that Jews of this time would not even walk through the Samaritan land? They would go far North and around the territory, going around the long way to get to where they were going rather than get Samaritan dust on their feet.
But not Jesus.
Jesus had to go there. His spirit needed to walk straight into the heart of enemy territory. And he did it for one unloveable woman. One despised woman who was just trying to get a drink of water.
Maybe you know the story? He asks her for a drink. Then he offers her “Living Water.” They go back and forth. The woman thinks he’s talking about some kind of magical liquid. Jesus is obviously talking about a spiritual condition. The woman tries to change the subject and chat about politics. Jesus cuts through the banter and targets her soul. She is stunned. She runs to the town screaming, “Oh my GOD! Y’all have got to see this!” She brings everyone to Jesus.
The next time we see this town in scripture is after Jesus has died, resurrected, and sent his disciples out as missionaries. They walk into that little town again and the whole area experiences revival. The seed was planted. In one small woman. And a whole people group was saved. Over a glass of water.
The glass of water was never the point, was it? It was always the refreshment, the life, of the soul. As you sip your intentional H2O today, ponder your own soul. Feel out its corners. Press into its tight shadows.
Where could you use a wash of Living Water? Soul refreshment. New life. Revival.