"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'” (John 4:13-14)
I once went to this huge motel for a week-long camp, and there were about 500 people filling three or four floors in the building. For my introverted self, it was terrifying. For my adventurous self, it was exhilarating.
Funnily enough, while I was at the camp, we were evacuated down to the main lobby because one room somehow caught on fire.
Cue the Imperial March music.
Ahem, I would like to take this time to inform you that it was not my room, in case you were wondering. (Because I know you were, you devious little thing, you!)
Now, back to the point. Man, if I actually ran as much as I run off on tangents, I could be in the Olympics!
When I learned about how it caught fire, I laughed my lily-white butt off. Someone had cooked a bowl of Ramen noodles without putting water in it.
Poor girl. I remember thinking, "Wow, that sounds like something I would do."
Anywhoooo, I do have a point to this story. I was telling one of my friends, Destiny, about this story, and she immediately thought of something I would never have thought of.
We are like the Ramen noodles, and Jesus is like the water. Without Jesus, disaster strikes and our lives go up in flames.
That struck something in me as I remembered that Jesus is called the Living Water, and I began to wonder why.
I began to see the similarities between Jesus and water. I began to see the brilliance of Him being called the Living Water. With a bit of research, this is what I found out:
1.) Without water, we die.
Literally. We cannot go more than a few days without water before we go splat. It is vital that we drink water every single day, and that we drink a lot. In the same way, we need to meet with Jesus everyday, as much as we can. He builds us up, and gives us life.
2.) It makes us stronger.
Water builds up our immunity system, keeping us from getting sick. It makes us stronger so that we can fight off diseases and viruses. More of Jesus means that we are less vulnerable to the evils of the world, from the demons, and from sin.
3.) Water helps with bad moods.
Dehydration has been known to put people in bad moods, which in turn, steals away your sense of happiness. More water, more happiness. More Jesus, more joy and peace.
4.) It reduces pain.
It is scientifically proven that water helps to reduce pain in joints. Do you hurt emotionally, physically, and maybe even spiritually? Go to Jesus. He will heal the hurts and reduce the pain.
5.) Water flushes out waste.
All of the crap that's in you, water gets rid of. All of those secret sins that you promise you will never do again, yet you do - those can be flushed out of your system. The mean thoughts you think, the cruel words you say, the selfish things you do. All of it. You can be purified. You can be cured from that disease that you can't quite kick.
6.) It energizes you.
I think this one is my favorite. Like water, Jesus refreshes you. He renews your soul and gives you what you need to have to do what you gotta do. He provides for you. He gives you hope and sustenance.
Maybe, right about now, you might be thinking, "Okay, so Jesus is a pretty cool dude, but honestly, what does that have to do with me?"
Wellllllll, remember our great Ramen Noodle Story that will forever be what parents tell their children at night to make them behave? Yeah?
Here's the moral of that story:
Water puts out fire.
If your life is going up in flames right now and those dang firemen are stuck behind a little old lady on the highway and can't get there fast enough, I know Someone who can.
I know Someone who can put the flames out. I know Someone who can heal the burn wounds. I know Someone who can give you a better life and a better you.
His name is Jesus, and He is offering you eternal life. All you have to do is drink.