By: Deborah Lovett
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.” John 4:13, 14
While on a trip in Nevada I had the opportunity to hike three miles across the desert outskirts of a resort community. It was quite different than the mid west cornfields I am used to gazing upon. Instead of cows and soybeans, there was cactus, and rocky terrain, with breath taking mountains in the distance. I never dreamed I would be finding God in a Gushing Spring that day.
As I walked up the hard incline of the mountainous desert, I noticed a row of small pine trees going up and coming back down on the opposite side, in the middle of nowhere. “How odd,” I thought to myself. I wondered how they grew or even found nourishment. As I looked closer, I noticed each had its very own “drip hose” that slowly dropped an endless source of water to it in an ongoing fashion. Someone had obviously preplanned for what someday could be a designated main entry for a newer resort. It took someone with real foresight to see the big picture. Eventually, there will be a majestic entryway for the newcomers to enjoy and feast their eyes upon.
While I was thinking about the pine trees in comparison to God’s Kingdom, (How He preplanned his Kindgom with foresight, sent His Son to die in order to make a way for entry into our Heavenly resort!) God was thinking He had a surprise for me…
At the end of my hike my ears began to hear the oddest sound in the silence…roaring water! I walked towards it, and saw the most amazing gushing spring I had ever laid eyes on! It was surrounded by lush green jungle like plants, extremely opposite to the desert no less! As I stood there, I was so refreshed from the wet spray of the clear blue water on my face…I ended up titling my book, “Gushing Springs.”
I pondered my walk with God and knew the lesson in my heart. If we will take in God’s Living Water, the Bible, in a slow drip fashion throughout the day, we will eventually become like the gushing spring at the end of the road whose sprays of water could not be contained. We will be a source of strength, joy and encouragement for those in need. We will splash out God’s love to the thirsty. We will indeed be able to overflow when prepared with the foresight to see down the road from God’s eternal perspective.
When we join God in heaven, we will get to see the actual gushing spring of “Living Water” flowing from the throne of God. (Rev. 22) We will go from believing to seeing the true reality: Jesus Christ Himself! Now that’s truly finding God in the Gushing Spring! WOW!
Drink up, the water is deep!
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