From the Evangelist Desk (Dressing table)
February 2010 edition.
Go on then, I’m thirsty and in need, Giza a drink! What you going to give me? Tea? Coffee? Two pints of larger and a packet of crisps? Thanks very much, I much appreciate your concern and the fine offer. But of course within a few hours I will be thirsty again and in need of another drink.
Ever thought about the basic drink? Water, good old fashioned H2O.
During my time of reading the Bible, well in fact I cheated and used a computer checker, water is mentioned 433 times within the Bible, including John baptising with water.
Isaiah 36: 6-8
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
The above passage by Isaiah tells of water feeding the barren places in the wilderness and of thirsty ground where bubbling springs will appear. Now image that you are thirsty journeying in that dry barren place and lean down and drink from the bubbling spring. What does the water taste like? Is it cold or warm? Does it taste fresh? I don’t know about you, but sometimes drinking what seems to be gallons of water is the only way that I am able to quench my thirst on occasions.
But let’s move on a stage further. We have leaned over and cupped our hands and are drinking the water. This water has been proved by God to nourish the ground and bring life back to the barren land. We’ve ingested this water, which God has given, therefore we’re are going to be revived and the barren parts of our life revitalised.
The water that the Lord provides revives a sagging soul and nourishes the thirstiest of us. The best thing of all is that the Lord always provides for our needs and the most basic need of a human is water and food. I have written it that way round because we can live longer without food than we can without water.
When I feel down, or barren, which believe it or not, I do sometimes. When I feel that I have reached the end and can go no further. When I say enough is enough! When I am thirsty mentally as well as sometimes physically, because with me it does seem to have a knock on affect most of the time. I stop and reflect on the times of meditation and go to one of the passages that the Lord has invited me to drink from the water that He offers, I know that I will never be thirsty. John 4:14 “but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
In my mind I may stop and drink in the desert or at the well, but I am always in the knowledge that the water I drink is given by God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
And lastly I hope that God will allow me to walk His highway, in the Way, and that I will never want to leave that wonderful faithful highway, even though I may see off roads somewhere that may look so inviting. And may the Lord guide us all on the Way of Holiness.
I am not going to mention the snow because although I have had to travel in the awful conditions this week, and have snow scenes outside, I am hopefully that when you read this it will have warmed up a bit, because not even I like my water that chilled.
Remember the water from the Lord is free, so the next time you see me and I look a bit barren and wilderness driven or I see you in the same light, we can say to each other, ‘Giza a drink’. And refresh the parts that other fluids cannot reach.
May Christ Keep you all.
© Rick Hayes, February 2010