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The perpetual spring within us

Jesus answered (the woman at the well) and said unto her, "If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to thee, Give me to drink; thou would have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water ... whosoever drink 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." - John 4:10 and 14.

The desert is a thirsty place, where occasional monsoons barely quench its ever-silent cry for moisture. Most drought-resistant vegetation grows within the protection of spiny, needle-sharp armor that allows the plant to survive against unslaked, hungry desert creatures.

As water is to physical life, so God is to the life of the human soul. When I look at the wonder of His natural world, the delicate balance and provision, I stand in awe of God's love for humankind. How could One so great love one so small such as I, perfectly and without conditions?

Now and then one might come across a spring in the midst of parched barren land. Trees might grow there, strong and healthy, where water collects in cool ponds surrounded by lush grasses. Mountain springs might surprise a hiker in the high desert, where one can hear the bubbling of the coveted liquid as it rises to the rocky surface to support a healthy abundance of greenery and wildlife. The Bible tells us that the water Jesus gives becomes a perpetual spring within us, watering us forever with eternal life. Now we need thirst no more.

For what do I thirst today?

How shall I quench that thirst?

Shall I turn to the One who gives the living water of eternal life?

Dearest Heavenly Father, your Spirit fills my being for the asking. You provide all that I need, if I shall just seek your face and trust your heart. Each day is a new gift, along with all that it holds. I pray for the spiritual sight to recognize you as the living water that quenches my thirst, you who can fill my spirit with eternal nourishment. Amen.

Adapted from Out of the Desert, Softly by Dianne Finnegan Wilson, with illustrations by Kathleeen DeGraff. You may e-mail Ms. Wilson by visiting www.pensepublishing.com

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