Along the banks of the river wildlife thrives. And not only wildlife, but new life. Ducks nest there, turtles hatch there, tadpoles and minnows swim there. Flowers flourish there. Animals bring their young there.
When we thirst, we long for our thirst to be satisfied. But we who are human have many different thirsts. We thirst for water, but we also thirst for love. We thirst for acceptance. We thirst for health. We thirst for opportunity. We thirst for peace. We thirst for God. “Wait! I don’t thirst for God” some may say. That is because they do not realize that thirst for love, for acceptance, for health, for opportunity, for peace, for hope and a future, are all satisfied in God. Not only is all thirst satisfied in Him, there is no other way our thirst may be quenched.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:10-15 (ESV)