Happy National Hydration Day!
I’m not kidding. There is actually a day dedicated to drinking more of that cool refreshment we all need and love. H2O aka: water.
It was June 23rd in case you missed it.
So I thought we needed a bible verse to celebrate as we slog down a few extra liters of cool refreshment this summer. (And will someone please tell these kids that they need to social distance?) Ahem…
It comes from the book of John, chapter 7.
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
I’ve been thinking about this “living water” a lot lately. It’s what we need more of as we face uncertain days. It’s the key to revival in our land and peace in our hearts. Indeed, it is (or should I say “He is”) our only hope. As this scripture explains, “living water” is the Holy Spirit, and the third person of the Trinity. The gift of the Spirit was given soon after Jesus ascended to his Heavenly Father on the feast of Pentecost. It has been the “fuel” of the Church for over 2000 years. And we need to be filled day by day if we’re to survive and thrive in these days.
We get filled by spending time with Jesus. It’s that simple. We read his word. We talk to him. We listen. It’s the way we get “spiritual fuel” to face the day. It’s the only way to get relief for our parched souls. We have God’s promise that the Holy Spirit will never leave us but getting a refill is on us. We can only be spiritually satisfied by the regular infilling of “Living Water,” the presence of the Holy Spirit.
“Lord Jesus, like never before, we need revival in the land. On a hot summer day, cool water offers health to our bodies bringing temporary hydration but we need something more for these days. Something permanent. Something to bring life when death seems to be everywhere. like the song says, ‘Holy Spirit, come invade us now.’ We need refreshment that lasts. That only you can bring.”
Something to think about.