Thirsty

I was watching The Biggest Loser. It’s been part of my health journey during the last two years.

This week there was an segment about drinking water. “Just start drinking water and you will be healthier.” It’s not the only thing to do, but it is one simple thing to do. (Assuming that you have clean water available, which is a big assumption.) I thought about how simple it is and how I was consistent with my water intake for a couple months this year. I realized that I stopped being consistent. I stopped drinking a couple extra quarts a day. I got out of the routine.

I’m thirsty. But not just physically. My soul is thirsty these days, feeling dry. Good reasons, I guess. Big project finished, next phase of it waiting. Lots of teaching, other things. You can fill in your own blanks. Because you feel it too.

I thought about Jesus telling the woman at the well that she could ask him for living water. “If you knew who was asking you for water,” Jesus told her, “You could have asked him for living water.” When she finally asks, he points toward a symptom of her thirst. She’s been involved in several relationships, looking for the answer to her thirst.

I wonder whether Jesus, when I ask him for living water, will point out my attempts to slake my thirst.

“So bring me your attention,” he says.

“I don’t have any attention,” I say.

“That’s a true statement. You’ve had 168 hours this week and all of them have been directed elsewhere.”

“Bring me your silence,” he says.

“I don’t have any silence,” I say.

“Bring me your prayer,” he says.

“I don’t have any prayer,” I say.

“This is.” he says.

And suddenly I’m a little less thirsty.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.