I am not usually one to complain, but this heat is finally getting to me. It’s not really the heat, its the humidity. No, its not that is just that I am so tired of being covered with sweat – I mean soaking sweat, every time I walk outside. On Saturday I was searching for a tool in my garage and when I was finished I had to change shirts. And this was just standing and looking through some tool boxes. ( I know that is pretty gross). And I am usually not much of a sweater, not at all like the guy in my small group, apparently he sweats rivers.
And the thirst. I can’t drink enough. Its pretty amazing that my weight is actually staying close to the same, as on Saturday at my nephew’s birthday party I felt like I sweated out 10 pounds. There was not enough sweet tea in the joint to keep me hydrated. What a blessing it is to have such a great clean water system that makes it so easy to hydrate during the hot summer months like this. Even when I am the most uncomfortable, I can still head inside and get a nice cold glass of water and I usually have a shirt that I can change into. That’s so nice that it almost makes you think you can handle anything. However, even with that blessing there is still a water that is better. Its the water that your spirit thirsts for, and unlike the water we drink, it can really quench your thirst. Listen to this exchange at the Jacob’s well.
Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10Jesus answered her, “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.”
11“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:6-14 (New International Version)
Wow, what a great promise. The contentment of having no thirst – mean I think means no sweating! That’s a great peaceful promise. A constant source of spiritual refreshment. A well to to eternal life. That seems the right place to be. And then look what Jesus says later in John.
35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
Its by belief you can get that living water, and you can be constantly refreshed. That’s something to consider on this extra hot August days. Is your spirit thirsty?