Another unripe fruit hits the ground.
It has been a long, dry summer and trees have shed fruit and scaled back on foliage production in the desperate bid to survive. We had a few showers, but they did not linger.
Rivers have disappeared and tap water has become a luxury item…
When a lone honey bee comes daily to check our kitchen tap for a single drop and we have to secure our water barrels, in order to prevent enthusiastic water-seekers of the reptilian variety from drowning… you know it’s bad.
Small creatures trust humans to have a secret stash and they will risk life and limb to find it.
Man, beast and flying insects… we are all in this thing together.
Drought: The 2015 Edition
It is from this vantage point that I process the mind-boggling promise of Living Water for parched souls:
Jesus answered and said unto her, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Talk about a renewable resource…
Thunder rumbles across the heavens, and I wonder if today will be day we get that long-awaited downpour that brings roaring rivers to dry riverbeds and sends crystal clear streams down every hill but… even that would have an end.
Forever downpours would be tragic on so many levels but a ‘forever well’, connected to a pure, unfailing source, which bubbles up to replenish itself after every withdrawal…. Perfect.
From The Desire of Ages, page 187, we read this:
“Jesus did not convey the idea that merely one draft of the water of life would suffice the receiver. He who tastes of the love of Christ will continually long for more; but he seeks for nothing else. The riches, honors, and pleasures of the world do not attract him. The constant cry of his heart is, More of Thee. And He who reveals to the soul its necessity is waiting to satisfy its hunger and thirst. Every human resource and dependence will fail. The cisterns will be emptied, the pools become dry; but our Redeemer is an inexhaustible fountain. We may drink, and drink again, and ever find a fresh supply. He in whom Christ dwells has within himself the fountain of blessing,—“a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” From this source he may draw strength and grace sufficient for all his needs.”
When you are an islander on a drought-plagued piece of rock, out in the midst of a vast saline solution, you cannot help but feel the extraordinary pull of an Inexhaustible Fountain that requires no desalination… no improvement.
The urgency with which the soul must yearn after this Source is clear. Yearn, continually long for… be filled.
More of You, Lord…
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