Written by Rachel Morgan
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
– John 4:10 (NIV)
How many times do I attempt to offer Christ what I have? What I think? What I want? I offer my game plan and roughly sketched, impulsive map of where I think I am going without bothering to ask his opinion or guidance. I forget who he is. And usually at the end of that road and that line of thinking, I end up off-roading in rough terrain and wonder how I got here and where God went! Where did my easy access GPS go? If only I depended on Him as much as I do on my GPS, I might end up where I was intended to go all along.
For the first few months I lived in Dallas, I relied heavily on my GPS. I was so petrified of the Dallas roads the first week that I didn’t leave the house. I guess it had finally hit me that I had really moved halfway across the country from all that I knew. But slowly, I began plugging in destinations where I needed to go. I only turned when and where it said to turn. I constantly glanced at it while driving (safe I know) and would try to anticipate the next move. I even turned prematurely because I thought I could see where I was supposed to turn without waiting to hear the reassuring “bing” and voice of the GPS say “Turn right now”. I thought it wouldn’t say the direction in time and I would get stressed out and try to take things into my own hands. More times than not, however, it chimed in at just the right moment… which seemed too late for me.
The more frustrating interactions I have had with my GPS have occurred recently. It will not recognize where I’m at right away so I have to (gasp!) rely on my brain and intuition for the first few steps and pray that it would turn on and tell me the rest. I get angry during these times. I stress out. I yell. I curse occasionally. I want, no NEED, its direction. I don’t know what to do without it and know I will not reach my destination. Thank goodness I usually briefly glance at Google maps before I head out for a rough idea and some land marks or I would end up completely lost en route.
I love that Christ WANTS us to ask him for guidance. He wants us to rely on him for every turn; every decision. No matter how small. It’s in his quiet moments when we have decided to try things on our own for a while that we realize just how much we NEED him. We realize that we will not make it where we need to go without him. We can prepare and look at other maps and think we know the way and maybe even get pretty close, but we can and probably still will get lost. Believe me, I know from personal experience as a self-identified “navigationally challenged” individual.
He offers us “living water”. I think this could also be interpreted as an everlasting source of love, guidance, forgiveness, mercy. He wants us to ask for it. He listens to our trivial offerings and sighs knowing he has so much better for us. He wants us to ask him. The woman at the well had the best of intentions offering her water, she just didn’t know who she was talking to. She was doing all she knew to do and giving all that she had. But she was talking to the Everlasting source of life that wanted to give her a gift that would keep on giving and one she could share with others and not rely on her own resources.
How great is our God!
“May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
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