But whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4: 14)
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,’If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, and the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive. (John 7: 37-39)
We have spent a few days walking near the Sussex Downs. Our host explained that heavy rain last weekend has left the lower-level clay areas rather muddy, but that the higher ground has substantially drained. How true that was.
On lower levels we had to walk around or through muddy stretches of path where the water had collected and remained. Muddy boots are not something I appreciate. So whilst crossing these areas with eyes focused on the dirty water, it was impossible to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
In contrast, the rivers and streams that ran beneath the foot bridges were in full flow. We could hear the burble from afar, and as we drew near we saw water that was clear and energetic. The world was majestic in its beauty.
The Holy Spirit flows into us as living water.
It is not our purpose to trap the Holy Spirit within us, where it might slowly become stagnant and muddy. Our role is to let the Holy Spirit flow freely through us and onwards into the world around. Then others may see the goodness and energy within us, and both welcome and enjoy it for themselves.
Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that You fill my heart with living waters.
May my heart overflow with love for everyone,
being reflected in every word upon my lips
and every deed which I perform.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ,