Hose Water

“Tell me all the fun things you did today?” I questioned my eight and six-year-old about Bible school.

“Well,” Faith began, and took a deep breath. I knew I was in for a story…

“We were outside playing games and it was hot. So they gave us cups from Sonic and you won’t believe what was in them,” my daughter told me, getting more and more animated.

I equate Bible school with Kool-aid so I had a pretty good guess. “What?” I asked, waiting for her reply.

“HOSE WATER!” She spat it out in the most exasperated way. I wasn’t sure I understood what she said, so I made the mistake of asking again.

“HOSE WATER! HOSE WATER! You know, water that comes out of a hose, like from outside,” Faith told me still not believing they had the audacity to serve it. “And they told us to drink it.”

This coming from the child of one who would beg her mother for a drink of water during the night and demand kitchen water because bathroom water didn’t taste the same. I tried to contain my giggle, because I knew she got it honest.

My six-year-old had one thing right – not all water is equal.

Some days I awake feeling parched. I try to fill that thirst with sleep, but I’m still thirsty. I can attempt to quench my dry spirit with friends, shopping, television, books, or the computer, but each of these is a temporary fix.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” John 4:13 NIV

Nothing in this world can really satisfy a dehydrated spirit. In the end, I reach for God’s Word. In Him, I find streams of living water – gushing, rushing fresh drinking water. I gulp in His goodness and discover only through Him am I truly satisfied.

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV

What kind of water are you drinking today?

2 Responses to Hose Water
  1. Barbie
    July 9, 2010 | 12:31 am

    A wonderful post Carol! He is the only one who can quench my thirst….and when I get some, I want MORE! Blessings!

  2. Mary
    July 9, 2010 | 2:48 am

    Being summer, it’s easy to get a little ‘parched’ during Bible study breaks and Small Group vacations. But the Living Water is always available. Thanks for the reminder.