That for which we thirst

Thirst is an insideous thing.  It sneaks up on you  in ways and by means we are not always aware of causing  us to sometimes be irrationally thristy. One thing that I learned living in a desert climate is the power of thrist.  Beyond the cartoon realities with which we are so often acquainted with about being thirsty in a dry place (think mirages, buzzards circling, and a hapless victim openning the canteen to find only sand), is the real and present danger of what happens when our water runs dry.  Because by the time we are thristy and we actually acknowledge our need for water, it is likely too late.  Our thirst is bordering on dyhydration. Which is extremely dangerous in such a place. The advise is always to drink early and often, before we run dry and find ourselves in trouble. Just like we might travel with sand in our trunks to get us through the winter, just in case, in Arizona we were packing water.The same is true with our spiritual selves.  By the time we find ourselves thirsting for God, seeking the refreshment of God's presence, chances are we are already well under stress in the process.  This is partially because we are not terribly attentive to our spiritual selves.  I will be the first to admit in these  busy days of new life and new change in our household that I have not always drank as deeply of my spiritual wells as I might have otherwise.  It takes time to go and lower the bucket into the well of God, and often we are not inclined to make the trip, expecting things to be a bit more inclined to the indoor plumbing model than the well which requires us to go and draw deeply.  We might be given to expecting there to be a tap to be turned, a water to be taped, and well to be sampled, than some dank hole into which we need rope and bucket to seek a simple drink.But we know that these are thirsts that must be quenched for us to continue to be and grow and survive as spiritual people.  God's water of the spirit will not leave us thirsting, but we must drink of it along the way. How do we receive the gracious invitation to come, draw and drink of that which our spirit most desperately needs, even when our lives are so filled with preoccupation and busyness?  Perhaps the first step is simply acknowledging the thirsts that we have, offering them to God to satisfy. John 4:5-15; 25-295So Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar,near the plot of ground that Jacobhad given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus,tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well.It was about noon. 7A Samaritan woman came to draw water,and Jesus said to her,"Give me a drink." 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him,"How is it that you,a Jew,ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?"(Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her,"If you knew the gift of God,and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,'you would have asked him,and he would have given you living water." 11The woman said to him,"Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep.Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob,who gave us the well,and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?" 13Jesus said to her,"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give themwill never be thirsty.The water that I will givewill become in them a spring of watergushing up to eternal life." 15The woman said to him,"Sir, give me this water,so that I may never be thirstyor have to keep coming here to draw water."  John 4:25-2925 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming"(who is called Christ)."When he comes,he will proclaim all things to us." 26Jesus said to her,"I am he, the one who is speaking to you." 27Just then his disciples came.They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman,but no one said,"What do you want?" or, "Why are you speaking with her?" 28Then the woman left her water jarand went back to the city.She said to the people,  29"Come and see a manwho told me everything I have ever done!He cannot be the Messiah, can he?"