I don’t know about you, but I am or have come to be a big water drinker. I haven’t always been this way. I used to drink cokes a lot and drank sweet tea. I mean, I am from Alabama. Some people probably think it’s a sin if you don’t drink sweet tea with extra sugar! Ha! I would drink a little water every day. I would usually drink it only when I worked out. My water intake has increased exceedingly over the last year or two though. These days, I run off of about one or two cups of coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. I had a coke for the first time this past Saturday and I can’t tell you how long it had been. We had a softball tournament on Saturday. I don’t really want to get into all of it because just thinking about it causes frustration. Ha! Just a poorly run tournament and a whole lot of rain. Moving on. One of the other coaches, our athletic trainer, and I got on the water discussion at one point. The athletic trainer said that he never drinks water. He just doesn’t like it. Of course we asked what he drank instead. And we were referring to when he got hot or during exercise. He said he drank a lot of Gatorade. The other coach and I were both in agreement that nothing quite quenches the thirst like water does, but that was just our opinion. He said he didn’t like it because there is just no taste to it. And I get it.
After this conversation, my thoughts automatically went to the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. It was a Samaritan woman that came to the well to get water and Jesus was there at the time. He asked her for a drink. She said, “How can you ask me for a drink?” She couldn’t believe that He was even talking to her, let alone asking her for a drink. Jews did not associate with Samaritans. Jesus responded with, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman wanted to know where she could get this living water that Jesus was speaking of. She was thinking physically, but Jesus was talking spiritually. Jesus then answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 7-14
I agree with people when they say that water has no taste. However, I do have to say that nothing can satisfy my thirst quite like water can. I realize not many people will agree with me. Someone is probably thinking of a Diet Mountain Dew right now, or a big ole glass of sweet tea (cough…Daddy…cough)!! 😉 Beyond bottled or tap water, and beyond sweet tea, there is a water that can satisfy like nothing else on this earth! Living water!! This “living water” that Jesus was talking about in this story is water that will quench the soul and like He says in His Word, “you will never thirst again.” For me, water does quench my thirst but the LIVING WATER (which is Jesus), QUENCHES MY LIFE! He is my main source, He is everything I need, He satisfies my soul!! Jesus is enough for me!!