I used to do bootcamp-type workouts…outdoors, indoors, with weights, in extreme conditions. Rain, snow, or shine. It was brutal…needless to say, yoga is so much more my jam!
I remember my trainer back then beating into us that we needed to drink…we needed to eat well, but more importantly we needed to drink, lots and lots of water. We needed to drink before classes and after classes. I don't usually drink during class because I don't particularly love to do that. But, the bottom line was that water and hydration lead to replenishment of all we were exerting in the physical workout.
In fact, one of the most important things I ever heard my trainer say was that if you are feeling the sensation of thirst, then you are already dehydrated. Let that sink in for just a moment:
If you are feeling a sensation of thirst…then you are already dehydrated…behind the curve, your body is giving you a sign, late in the game, that you NEED to be replenished.
One of my favorite stories of Jesus was when he met the Samaritan woman at the well in John Ch. 4. In this chapter, Jesus discusses with the woman the attributes of His living water…and how, when you drink of it, you will thirst no more. He is telling her that His living water will quench ANY thirst.
The thing is, sometimes we recognize that we are thirsty for Him and his healing, or comfort, or restoration, or even His guidance…but by the time we finally recognize that deep thirst and come to Him, we are already really thirst!!! And guess what…He sits by waiting to give it to us. I don’t think He's the kind of God waiting to tell us “I told you so,” I just don't think He’s that way even though He could be because He DID tell us so…………..But I imagine Him with a cool pitcher of exactly the kind of thirst-quenching water we seek ready to pour, waiting for us to pick up the glass and hold it out for Him.
Can you picture it? Can you imagine Him waiting for you with an endless supply of living water that He wants to fill us up with…not only as an answer for our thirst, but with the hope that we might recognize that His water is so satisfying that if we drink of it, if we stayed close to Him, if we came back time and time again to drink with and from Him, we would never have to experience the thirst feeling that comes from dehydration.
His water hydrates, replenishes, energizes, comforts, propels. And there is an endless supply of it, waiting to be shared…we just need to hold out our glasses!!!
Wrap it up:
When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman to give Him a drink of her water, she was taken aback, for a Jew asking a Samaritan for anything was unheard of. Then Jesus said, “If your knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking ME for a drink, and I would give you fresh, Living water.”
She piped back at Him in disbelief, saying “you don't even have a bucket, where are you going to get this ‘living water’” almost jesting like “who do you think you are?
Jesus in His full knowledge of her and her lack of understanding said “Everyone who drinks of this water [from this well] will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks of the water that I give will be an artesian spring within…gushing fountains of endless life.”
Lord, let us come to You. Let us hold out our glasses as we draw near to You to receive Your living water. May we answer you as boldly as the Samaritan woman saying “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty again!”