So, it’s springtime in Alabama. Flowers are blooming everywhere, birds are singing… I am existing on a healthy diet of Zyrtec, Mucinex, and Robitussin… I love spring but hate allergy season. How can I feel as if I am drowning at the same I am so thirsty and can’t speak? Antihistamines are ok I guess, but I have been walking around feeling severely dehydrated for about a week. So I am constantly looking for something to drink.
I was meditating this morning over Jesus hanging on that cross. He said so few words, however, one thing He said stays with me: “I thirst.”
Of course he was thirsty, between the blood loss from flogging, the physical exertion of carrying the cross, and the ever-present dust in that desert, I can imagine his thirst was like nothing I have ever experienced. It had to be torturous.
So I stayed with that image for a while, thinking about his reason for willingly being there. – So I wouldn’t have to. Plain and simple. My Savior decided to go through that torture so that I would not experience the price for my sins. How do I make peace with that?
Just for kicks, I walked around my house looking for liquid. Orange juice? bottled water?? Hmm. 3 kinds of gatorade… sweet tea? YUM! There it is… Dr. Pepper! YES! Ahhhh, I am a new person.
I had over 17 different beverage choices in my house to quench that thirst this morning. 17! And had never thought twice about what a luxury I had. Some people might find themselves feeling guilty for it. “There was Jesus hanging on a cross for me, with no water to drink. Here I am a sinner, with more than I can consume… How awful is that?”
But I don’t think those words were given to us in the Bible to make us feel guilty. I believe they had another purpose. Jesus tells us in John chapter 10 that He came, “So we could have life and have it abundantly.” He didn’t say, that we were going to have to scrape the dismal ground to get by. (Although, I feel like I have been there too at times…)
No friends, much like a parent, Jesus chose to sacrifice Himself, and He wants better for us. I don’t think He begrudges us some of the little pleasures in life. However, that is not the message I get from this scripture either.
What I take away from that passage is that Jesus was human. He understood our most basic physical needs, more so than some of us. And in His grace and mercy, He wants to provide them for us. We may never be wealthy, but I do believe He wants to shower us with necessities and extravagances (every now and then…) because He loves us that much. He wants us to trust Him to provide. He wants us to run to Him with our worries and needs. What is stopping us friends?
Do we fear rejection? Do we fear showing weakness? Do we fear that He is unable to provide for us?
Do yourself a favor. Walk around your home. Pay attention to the small things that make your life good, easier, more comfortable… Then consider the source of all your gifts and ask yourself, “What should I be asking for?” “Is there something else He wants to give me?” Joy, Peace, Contentment… He is the giver of all good gifts. He is faithful to supply our every need if we leave it in His hands.
Forgive us when we don’t notice the multitude of good things you send our way. Help us to be aware of your presence in our lives and homes. Speak to us in ways that we can understand, and lead us into a more trusting relationship with You. Thank You, Lord, for all the things we don’t even see.
In Christ’s name we pray,