With each step, the journey becomes more difficult. You’ve walked miles and miles only to end up in the desert heat.
Your throat aches and begs for a drink, but satisfaction is nowhere to be found. Eyes straining to look ahead, you vaguely see a small body of water.
Pressing onward, you reach the place that promised refreshment. You fall to your knees as you realize that it was only an illusion.
The ground beneath you cracks under your feet, revealing just how dry this path has become.
With all the strength you have left, you look up to the sky. “Help! I’m in a spiritual desert and dying of thirst.”
As Christians, we are called to be the salt and light of the word, proclaiming the hope of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, there often comes a time when this fountain of “Living Water” seems to have dried up.
In fact, I am in this season right now. Though I read Scripture, go to church, pray, and talk about the Lord, my fire of passion has died down to a small flame.
My plea has become that of the Samaritan woman.
John 4 tells the story of Jesus’ journey through Samaria. In that time, Jews and Samaritans did not get along. In fact, if they even spoke to each other (especially if a man spoke to a woman), it was a disgrace.
Nevertheless, Jesus preached the Gospel to a woman whom the other Jews would have cast out. He told her of His Living Water that brings eternal life.
“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keeping coming here to draw water.”
Her life was dry. She had an overwhelming thirst, but had not been able to quench it. That is, until she met Jesus.
His love, conviction, and safe presence embraced her. He loved her enough to change her sinful heart and bring her everlasting life.
Jesus broke the rules that sinful man had created. As a result, the Samaritan woman and those in her village believed that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah.
Spiritual deserts come. Sometimes our relationship with Christ can feel so dry that we wonder if we will ever taste that cool, refreshing water of life again.
If you, like me, are in this season, my strongest encouragement is to immerse yourself in the water of Scripture.
While we may feel dry, Jesus, the way, truth, and life, stays the same. Let’s take our eyes off of ourselves and onto the Living Water of Christ.
- John 4
- Hebrew 10:22
- Isaiah 12:3
- Psalm 63:1
- Revelation 21:6
- Revelation 22:17