Thirst is a human experience to which we can all relate. Though no one desires to be thirsty, doctors tell us that the majority of Americans are dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Why? Because we try to quench our thirst with things, while they seem refreshing, ultimately leave us more dehydrated than when we took them. Soft drinks, beer, sugary juices and the such, appease our immediate appetite, but leave our bodies still in need of what only pure H20 is capable of bringing.
Likewise, we were made with a longing in our hearts, a thirst for God. So often, we satiate ourselves with the things of this world which promise immediate pleasure, and personal comfort and seem so much more appealing. Yet, Jesus longs to give us life-giving water, his love, which will never leave us wanting if we allow ourselves to drink the full of it. All are welcome to drink. But, like the woman of Samaria who left her jug at the well after meeting Jesus, if we want to drink our fill from the Divine Well Spring, it means we have to stop trying to fill ourselves on cheap substitutes for God’s love.