You appreciate water most when you thirst for it.
Ghana is hot all the time. There is no winter in this beautiful country just summer, all year round. Yes, this may seem like heaven for those that love relaxing on the beach, but it is hell when you’re stuck in traffic for hours on end.
Luckily we have what’s called “pure water” in Ghana which is sold on the side of the road. It costs around fifty peswas (roughly ten cents) and is essentially a small packet of ice-cold water which you can buy from street vendors.
A couple of months ago I was sitting in traffic (as usual) and started questioning why I was thirsty to begin with? I started thinking what could have caused this sudden need to consume water. I assumed that it was because I had neglected to drink water that day.
So what is the definition of thirst?
Thirst is the feeling of needing to drink something. It occurs whenever the body is dehydrated for any reason. Any condition that can result in a loss of body water can lead to thirst or excessive thirst. For this reason, thirst is a characteristic symptoms of certain medical conditions, most notably diabetes.
In other words, if I were to sum up the definition of thirst I would say that thirst occurs when the body is lacking, for any reason.
This analogy reminded me about the story we are all too familiar with. It’s the story about a woman who met Jesus at the well. She is a woman with no name and no defining characteristics about her other than the fact that she is a woman from Samaria.
She was simply a thirsty woman, a woman lacking, a woman fetching water from a well alone, at an arbitrary time of day.
The bible teaches us the importance of a name. Some names in the bible have prophetic significance while others reflect gratitude and faith towards God. A name can ruin a family’s reputation or build an empire. The fact that she is nameless in this story speaks volumes about her.
It is no coincidence that she chose that specific day, that specific time and that specific well to collect water from. Jesus did not meet with her by coincidence, he made a Heavenly appointment with her, without her knowledge.
I assume that it must have been a hot day. Jesus was traveling with his disciples and chose to stop at Jacob’s well outside the town of Sychar.
Perhaps he needed a reason to stop at that well? Perhaps he was expecting her?
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
I am sure Jesus could have drawn his own water from the well if he pleased, but he chose to ask a Samaritan woman, a woman Jews were not permitted to speak to, to give him water. The woman knew he wasn’t permitted to speak to her and at first she hesitated.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
The woman at the well was thirsty, she was lacking and dehydrated spiritually. She craved water not to satisfy her earthly thirst, but spiritual water only Jesus could give.
She is nameless in the story because she was unclean in the eyes of the world and her sin became her identity. Her name is not of importance, but the reason for her collecting water from the well is of grave importance.
God wants you to stop focusing your current situation and circumstances. He never intended for His children to lose their identity because of their sin. He wants His children to focus on the reason for their spiritual thirst/lacking and enter into His presence to quench it.
So, what is it that you thirst for?
Do you thirst for a closer relationship with the creator of heaven and earth? Or do you thirst for earthly things? It is common for us to try to satisfy our thirst through the things of this world. Perhaps through the sip of alcohol, the purchase online or the unhealthy relationship. Some of us will search a lifetime to find that one thing that will quench our thirst.
It is our duty as Christians to point all the lost and the thirsty to the well, not to be condemned but to allow God to supply all their spiritual needs.
Drinking is an action, you cannot simply receive without doing something. As Spurgeon once said “[w]hat does a thirsty man do to get rid of his thirst? He drinks. Perhaps there is no better representation of faith in all the Word of God than that. To drink is to receive to take in the refreshing draught and that is all. A man’s face may be unwashed, but yet he can drink; he may be a very unworthy character, but yet a drought of water will remove his thirst. Drinking is such a remarkably easy thing, it is even more simple than eating.”
It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done. All he requires, is that you come to the well and drink from living water. Spend time in His word, pray and join a community of believers and you will soon feel refreshed.
Come to the well, for it is deep and never-ending.