“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
It was late afternoon on a cloudy day as I began to read the Scriptures for this Sunday. I continued to read in the increasing darkness, strugglingto see the words. I finally turned on a light, and of course things became much clearer. It caused me to reflect on how often this is what happens in my prayer life – I attempt to handle things by myself, forgetting that all I need to do is ask God, and He will help me to see more clearly. Just as Moses asked God for help when the people began to doubt, and the Lord provided water to quench not only their thirst but also their lack of hope and trust in His loving care.
The Samaritan woman in the Gospel did not know about this “living water”, but was moved to believe because she listened to what Jesus told her. This Lent I am trying to listen more closely to what the Lord may be trying to tell me, that I might “gain access by faith to this grace in which we stand”, (Romans 5:2).
Just getting out my Bible and reading these Scriptures has reminded me that I used to do that often, and was nourished by doing so. I will continue the practice throughout Lent and hopefully beyond Easter.