“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.”” (John 4:13-14)
How do you get in touch with a thirst that cannot be perceived with the five senses?
Everyday, we fill our days with experiences that affirm good emotions. We thirst; but we don’t just desire water; we want an elixir that soothes our soul. We hunger, but we don’t just eat to fuel our muscles. We eat for the contentment of our heart. Throughout the day, we stack these experiences, one upon another, hoping that the balance of experiences tilts in the direction of life reminding us that it is good.
All of this is good. It was intended and wired into us at creation. Desire cries out from our humanity for more than just satisfaction, but for meaning. We may choose poorly from time to time, but every want is rooted in something pure – motivating us to chase down what we believe to be best in life.
At the deepest of levels, though, Jesus points to the truth that there are layers deeper than these desires. There is a thirst gnawing in our gut which can only be satisfied by recognizing hopes much deeper than natural wants. It was seeded into us before time itself – a witness that life is more than the sum of our earthly experiences.
Let this witness in you draw you deeper. Let it break the endless of cycle of only living from one pleasure to another. Let Jesus grant you access to what only He can give. And if you ask, He will fill you to overflowing.