Is there a Drought In Your Soul? Thoughts on Spiritual Life and Death
Chocked. Parched. Dry. Empty. Like a well with a cracked surface, showing water and life once was present but is now long absent. Sand dunes and deserts seem more tolerable, for at least they knew nothing of having water. Such images and words do not describe the way it feels when choked and empty spiritually.
Perhaps you have felt this, something deep within that just seems missing. And no matter what we try to fill the void with, we still feel chapped. Nothing satisfies.
No amount of pleasure or success in this life fill the gaps. No amount of women, drugs, drinks, or new shiny things can satisfy our hearts. And business play on this desire. A recent car commercial asked “when is the last time a possession possessed you?” implying this new shinny car is all you need to satisfy.
The Spirit of God which fills and wells-up a spring of life comes from the blood of Christ—not my car, cash, or sex life.
This is the gospel at the core.
But this gospel is not just for those who need to be “saved” and who have said a prayer, raised a hand, or walked forward to receive Christ at some “crusade.” The gospel is the good news which brings life into those who are being saved—a message on how our lives should be lived now, continuously.
The woman at the well who encountered Christ is a story often reserved for those who need saving. More appropriately, however, the story speaks less of a single moment of salvation and more of a truth which needs to be taken in and digested daily. She came to the well, like so many of her culture, to gather water for that day. Cleaning, washing, drinking, and bathing, daily needs to sustain and cleanse came from this well—a place she constantly returned to over and over again, day after day. And despite her sins and acts of adultery, she—like all—sought physical and spiritual satisfaction through simple acts of ritual. The well is a metaphor for the woman’s own life.
Jesus offered something new—something that breaks the cycle.
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13
It is no wonder the Samaritan adulteress jumped at the opportunity to cease the endless cycle and pattern of being filled temporarily.
This message is to all of us. Within each of us, the spirit bubbles and pours out sweet and abundant water. Will it dry up? Not if the Spirit remains in us. But often enough, despite the water of Christ being available and constant, we shut our mounts and refuse to drink. Instead, we want to keep returning to our old dry wells day after day, scraping the bottom and drinking sand if need be.
The hope of the gospel is that water eternal is before us constantly—all we need do is drink the grace he had brought to us.
The tragedy for many, including myself, is that we often don’t want this water but the imaginings of sweeter waters in old wells and old behaviors that have only given us dry and cracked earth.
May we drink deeply of his spirit and grace today, and be as excited about it as the broken, adulteress, social outcast.
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