As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Psalm 42:1-2
For a deer to drink from the stream of water, for the animal to find refreshment, it has to take a moment to become vulnerable. It is vital that the deer drinks, without water death will come, without refreshing there is a withering, strength with wane and power will fade. Yet to drink to receive life moments of vulnerability have to be surrendered to.
Without the animal allowing the moment when it is vulnerable refreshing cannot come.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. – JOHN 7:37-39
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.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” – John 4:10-14
Living water is available and we need it more than we know, without it we remain unfulfilled, yet with it we are satisfied and the waters of life become a spring of life for us and others around us.
Yet to receive we have to be vulnerable in his presence, just as that deer what comes to drink.