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. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
- John, Ch. 4
This past week I’ve been reflecting on this encounter Jesus has with a Samaritan woman. The conversation centers around a well and water. Further into the chapter we learn that the woman has a history of unsuccessful marriages. Five to be exact. It’s clear that she has been thirsting for love and attempted to quench it through relationships with men. In the end, however, she ends back at square one—thirsty.
I’ve been trying to quench my thirst for some time now. I’ve attempted to do so through friends, materials things, girls, and giving in to sin. Time after time this happens and like the Samaritan woman, I feel discouraged. But in the midst of my dissatisfaction Jesus extends his grace and offers me a drink. The desires and wants I have, although still present, in comparison, grows dim to the peace Jesus offers me.
It’s unfortunate that today is another sad day in the US. The number of tragic events in the past couple of years is overwhelming. Each time I hear, read, or watch footage of people suffering due to an attack out of malice my heart sinks. It’s enough to bring you down to your knees.