I was thirsty. I had just finished preaching and ministering during a three-night revival at a nearby church. Although the word went forth with power and the Holy Spirit moved so that people were healed, delivered and set free, personally, I was in a dry place.
Alone in my car, I decided to take a drink with all intentions of getting drunk. I did not just want any drink; I wanted the best there was to offer.
I wanted a drink from the living well.
So often when we progress along the journey of life, we reach dry places. Unbeknownst to the “hows” and the “whens,” we find ourselves in places where it seems like things just are not working out. Problems are ever present, silence is a way of life, joy is gone and weary is an understatement for how we feel.
In such dry places, our only help is a drink from the living well. At times, it is difficult to admit that we are in need of a refill from God and that somewhere along the journey, our vessel became cracked and, slowly but surely, the water (his Spirit) leaked out.
We struggle to be strong, good soldiers in the army of the Lord warring a good warfare. However, Paul reminded us: “For when we are weak, then we are strong. Therefore, we must be well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when we are weak, then we are strong.”
But becoming content with weaknesses requires truth and love.
Consider the woman at the well. Upon her arrival at the well, as she sought to draw water — a common task that she had undoubtedly completed time and time again — she was in a dry place, having cracks in her vessel because of the circumstances of life and bad relationships.
However, on this occasion, her time at the well was drastically different. She had an encounter with truth and found the true meaning of unconditional love. Although society said that she and Jesus were not supposed to talk, he extended grace despite her social standing, marital status, closed-mindedness and wrongdoings. He gave her an invitation that she couldn’t refuse, inviting her to drink of the living water.
Jesus said: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Soon after, he asked her to call her husband, bringing her face to face with the truth that she is not married, but engaged in an illicit relationship. However, in doing so, he places her in position to accept the wonderful gift which he offers: himself. Jesus gave the chance at intimacy with him to quench her thirst. She came in contact with both truth and love in the person of Jesus.
The same goes for us. When we find ourselves in dry places, we must not be afraid to take a drink from the living well. I can testify that the best decision I ever made was to allow his Spirit, the living water, to saturate my dry places.
So go ahead, take a drink! As a matter of fact, get drunk. Just make sure it’s water from the living well.
Morris is a member of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County.