As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
When I sit at my kitchen table and I look out of the window, I look out over ‘The Green’. It’s a lovely green space in the middle of the village, it has a beautiful large oak tree in the middle and a strange old bit of wall where the war memorial has been placed. Most of ‘The Green’ is grass and it has been delightful over the past months to see small children, unable to use the playing field due to its closure, running around the paths that cross ‘The Green’ often followed by parents or grandparents chasing to keep up with them.
During the month of May, ‘The Green’ became anything but green. With the lack of rain the grass started to die and the once lush green grass slowly turned to yellow hay. The once bright and cheerful green disappeared as the grass struggled to survive with a lack of water.
Over the last couple of weeks we have seen the return of rain and slowly but surely the dead looking grass has come back to life. The water has revived something that looked like it would never grow again and now ‘The Green’ is green again.
The grass had been thirsty, so thirsty that it had lost all its vitality, it was dry, brittle and had stopped growing, but the rain has revived the grass. We are like the grass, we are thirsty and the water that we need in order to grow comes from Jesus. He is the living water that revives our souls and brings us back to life. So when we look out over our countryside and see the green and pleasant land that we live in, we should think about the rain and the need for living water in our own lives.
Lord Jesus, we thank you that you are the living water and that we can come to you in order that we can have life in its fullness. Help us to reach out to you when our lives become dry and fill us again with your Spirit.
As the deer pants for the water