On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood andÂ shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Â Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the ScripturesÂ declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'” (WhenÂ he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would beÂ given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet beenÂ given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory) -Â John 7:37-39
It is dry in my part of the world this early winter of 2010. TheÂ weather experts say it will be dry through spring. When I go to theÂ country and go down gravel and dirt roads, the dust is like powderÂ — so fine that it seeps in through the seals on the doors andÂ windows. Winter wheat and oats are stymied green shoots just out ofÂ the ground because there is not enough moisture to help them grow.
Our lives, our spirits, can feel parched and dry. All the bigÂ religious celebrations in the world can’t remove this dryness. TheyÂ may make us forget it for awhile, but just for awhile. Our thirstÂ can only be slaked by the Spirit of the Living God. Jesus pouredÂ out the Spirit when we first became his true followers. Yet evenÂ with the ongoing presence of the Spirit within us, we can loseÂ sight of the living water within us. So let’s draw close to JesusÂ and ask that the Spirit’s presence have greater influence, power,Â and refreshment in our inner being.
O Father, God Almighty and God who is near, help me to sense theÂ presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. May the Spirit have greatÂ influence over my heart and my behavior. I willingly offer myselfÂ to be shaped, empowered and refreshed by the Spirit as I amÂ conformed to be more like Jesus. It is in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.