She walked through the desolate, barren land of a village in Africa. Surrounded by an entourage including translators, volunteers, and haggard-looking men, women, and children, she strode through the dust, her pale skin sharply contrasted with the dark brown skin all around her.
It was simple: She was there to offer food and medicine. But what made her humanitarian aid so different was that she was giving more than mere food and medicine; she was giving the people in this sun-soaked village the innovation and technology needed to prosper and thrive by themselves. What is perhaps more significant than any other gift, though, is that she gave these people what is perhaps the most important thing one needs: water, through water wells.
Water. We take it for granted in first world countries, but it is crucial to our survival. When someone provides a water well for a community, those who live there are freed to pursue their higher-level needs: for example, instead of searching for water, they can go to school and/or start their own small businesses.
Where there is water, there is newfound Hope; people, and their lives, are revived in an instant. Jesus knew this when He said one of He spoke of “living water.”
“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.)”
(John 7:37-39, NLT)
While Jesus did not come out and say “I Am the Living Water,” He made it very clear that those thirsting for such “Living Water” would find it in Him alone. Like John 7:39 states, Jesus was speaking of God the Holy Spirit– and saying that in God alone we would find true fulfillment.
All of us, at one time or another, has relied upon a person, thing, or idea to fulfill us– and been sorely disappointed. I think Jesus allows us to drink from these “broken cisterns” to show us just that He and He alone is unbroken, never-failing, and always full of the life-giving water that all of us need. As Lysa Terkeurst points out, we can drink from Jesus and say, “with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3, “Finding I Am” by Lysa Terkeurst).
Do you know Jesus?
You can’t find fulfillment in religion, in your line of work, or even in your significant other. The truth of the matter is, only Jesus alone can fill that “God-shaped hole” in your heart.
Learn more about Jesus– who He is and what He did– here.
Please pray for…
- Those who are currently in drought-stricken places. They need water more than ever; pray that they would receive help from humanitarian aid from those who can give it, like INNOVATION: AFRICA.
- Those who are spiritually thirsty. May they come to and find Jesus!
- The Chibok girls & Leah Sharibu. You can find their names and pictures, here.
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