An Invitation to Life – Letting Jesus Satisfy Your Thirst
During the season of Lent, we accept the invitation to wander intentionally in the wilderness, taking the opportunity to confront all of the things, idols, and distractions that have oriented us away from God and the divine gifts of love, grace, peace, and mercy. It is in those wilderness wanderings that we realize some of our deepest needs. We become restless and dissatisfied, thirsting for love, life, intimacy, and abundance. If we are honest, we often recall that we have tried to fill this thirst with things, idols, and distractions that do not satisfy. We have often sought to soothe the pain of past hurts and failures with things, behavior, or substances that rob us of the very good things we seek.
Jesus recognized this longing-this thirstiness-in the Samaritan woman at the well and offered her living water which “will become . . . a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:5-15). Living water that satisfies our thirst. What is this living water? Rabbi Goldie Milgram maintains that water “symbolizes flow, loving-kindness, intimacy, transformation, nurturance, abundance and prosperity.” The woman did not quite know what to make of this living water, but she understood that in Jesus’ eyes and in his offer of living water, she was seen, she was loved, she was beautiful, and she mattered. She indeed would receive water that satisfies.