Submission and Obedience


As of this writing, our area is very dry and in need of rain. The soil has turned to dust! Birds search for a tiny puddle left from sprinkling the lawn just to take a refreshing bath--if they can find one!

Everything is parched. Because it's fall, leaves are turning color and don't indicate how thirsty the trees are. Perhaps their tap roots have found a water source well-hidden from view. Most things above ground haven't...

...except for a clump of cattails off to one side of the driveway a bit down from the house. They are flourishing! The leaves are green and their flower stalks contrast their brownness against their own foliage. Which gets me to wondering. What do they do to remain so fresh while everything around them pales for lack of water?

A short hike down the drive and a detour in their direction brings the answer. The cattails are rooted in a pool constantly filled by a hidden spring! It's this spring that deer quietly move to at dawn and at dusk when shadows still shelter their stealth. The pond never dries up nor does the water level drop. It is always filled to the brim, making even the soil around it damp and soft. The deer know where they can quench their thirst whenever they are thirsty! The spring!

How can it be that the water is constant? Having had no rain in several weeks, why isn't the pond dried up, too? Where does the water come from?

While the answers to these questions aren't plain to me, the evidence of water is all the proof necessary. A spring does not depend on rainfall. It doesn't depend on seasons of the year. No matter when we look, the spring keeps the pond filled always!

Oh, the mystery and the joy of having a spring! The animals don't question its existence at all. They simply advantage themselves of the nourishing water to quench their thirst. It never fails them.

Animals aren't the only beings that thirst. Humans do, too. While they may satisfy their physical thirst with a great many different beverages besides water, most do not know how or where to quench the thirst in their souls for something they cannot always describe in words. They simply thirst for the reality of God, a true knowing Him that the world and sin with all its pleasures and occupations have stolen and hidden from them.

Well over a hundred years ago, Lucy Rider Meyer penned the following words that express the hunger and thirst for God driving so many people in their search for that reality. May these words give voice to the thirst of your soul:

"Ho, every one that is thirsty in spirit,
Ho, every one that is weary and sad;
Come to the fountain, there's fulness in Jesus,
All that you're longing for, come and be glad."

"Child of the world, are you tired of your bondage?"
Weary of earth-joys, so false, so untrue?
Thirsting for God and His fulness of blessing?
List to the promise, a message for you!"

"Child of the Kingdom, be filled with the Spirit!
Nothing but fulness thy longing can meet:
'Tis the enduement for life and for service;
Thine is the promise, so certain, so sweet."


"I will pour water on him that is thirsty,
I will pour floods upon the dry ground;
Open your heart for the gift I am bringing;
While you are seeking Me, I will be found."

There IS a spring of Living Water opened wide to the one who thirsts enough to drink of its cool, refreshing flow. God is that Fountain. Search no longer! Come to Him and drink! Let Him quench your thirst with Himself and His abundance of satisfaction so complete you'll never thirst again!

Jesus became your crucified and risen Savior so that you may be thoroughly filled with the Living Water. Come and drink of Him! All you need to do is ask for the Water to be poured out in your spirit and never want again. Another wonderful hymn expresses your response:

"So long of thirst my weary soul did languish,
And naught of earth my soul could satisfy;
But when to Christ I turned in bitter anguish,
I found in Him the answer to my cry."

"I tried the world with its alluring pleasure.
It mocked my soul, all burdened down with care.
But grace and help in blessed, boundless measure
I've found in Christ, the Fount of Life, so fair."


"Oh I have found Him--the Crystal Fountain,
Where all my life's deep needs have been supplied,
So freely flowing from Calvary's mountain,
And now my soul is fully satisfied."

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