Last week I almost expected Noah to appear at any moment sailing down the road with his ark. I know it rains here in the UK’s North West, but this was something else! CLM – the church I am now leading – was nearly flooded too: the back garden was under a foot of water at one point (check out the pictures on www.facebook.com/clmorsmskirk) and we needed sandbags across the car park entrance to divert the water flowing off the fields opposite.
Water. Some parts of the world have too much, whilst others struggle with too little. The United Nations have declared clean drinking water a basic human right and here, we certainly tend to take it for granted. But declarations do not build wells or treatment plants and for many around the globe it is a luxury they simply have to do without.
The same was true in Jesus’ day – obtaining drinking water meant a trip to the well and hauling up a bucket, not just turning a tap on. Maybe this is why his words would have meant so much to people back then: “Whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him”, Jesus said, “will never be thirsty again”. Imagine that! Never being thirsty again. What a thought for those living in a dusty, dry land. And there was more. Jesus continued: “The water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
Jesus clearly wasn’t talking about physical thirst, the kind that can be cured (for a while at least!) by a decent brew. He was pointing to an inner thirst, that inside longing for “something more” that all of us experience from time to time, for significance, for meaning, for real life. Ever felt that? Jesus has just what you need. Ask him. Give him the chance to meet that need. You won’t be disappointed. And if you’re not sure where to start and want some help to connect with him, do drop me a line.
PS. Life in transition continues busy; this is a short piece I wrote for the church magazine :-)