Today I am sitting here by my window smelling spring, soon to be summer, freshly cut lawn, hearing children play and feeling the sun coming through. Such peace it brings.
All the signs of summer coming with a fullness, today, we will reach 95 degrees! The heat of the sun, Yes! I love it!
I also love the refreshing sound of water. As summer comes, so do the sounds of water. In so many ways; kids playing and splashing, sprinklers on our lawns, and the peaceful sounds of water features and fountains in our yards and at nearby parks. The creeks and streams begin to fill, the water falls are beautiful and cool on a hot summer day! Water, refreshing! Always welcoming.
Another purpose of water is the cooling of our bodies through a drink from an ice cold glass! Satisfying to our bodies as they are hot and seeking refreshment. And yet, another refreshing water use is the ice in a pack around our neck while at a baseball or soccer field.
Water, a wonder of our earth and body. And, also to our soul! Water! In the Word of God, we see a story, some will find this familiar, of a woman at the well. Jesus meets the woman, and, “asks for a drink.” The women responds with the fact that he had nothing to draw the water up from the well with. Rather than give a response as we might expect, 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.” (You will find the full account in John 4:1-26)
Water, what form does this water take? To never be thirsty again?
In this season of moving forward, re-enter, Phases 1-4, whatever you are labeling it, we are finding that many of us are wondering, when will this pass. We are “thirsting” to get back to what we knew, back to our normal. Just as the woman at the well, could not see beyond what she knew, Jesus did not have a pail or deep spoon with which to draw the water; yet He said “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.”
In our season, we are discovering that life is not always how we’ve seen it. We are living a bit differently with masks, gloves, physical distancing, video conferencing and more. We are moving to work at home, the kids are home for an extended break from school, and we are beginning to live again, yet thirsting for “what was.”
Jesus comes and tells the women He has a new water, a water she has never seen before. The water Jesus speaks of is the Holy Spirit, a refreshing water that will keep us filled and never thirsting for what was. Jesus speaks of springs of eternal life. The water will never run dry!
As a Life Coach, I witness this Living Water each day as I see women discovering HOPE through Transition. Many of us are realizing that to live is to move forward, we have to let what is and what was go and we have to look forward. We are returning to work, we are planning days off and times away, vacations, planes are flying once again and our roads are getting more congested each day.
Through this season, may of us have discovered hobbies and dreams that we had put aside. Many of us are rethinking our priorities and looking ahead to leave somethings behind so we can be more involved in what we found during our “quiet time” in our homes.
Some, like the woman at the well, may not of understood at first, but are realizing, that God’s Holy Spirit is speaking to them once again. Many have wondered, questioned and looked for
God and His way during this time. Are you one of these? Are you thirsting but not quite sure what you are thirsting for?
May I encourage you to pause and refresh next to the water of a stream, a brook or waterfall. Enjoy the water from a cool glass. And take a time out to seek the ONE who says, “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 4:13-14
May you find your Strength in the ONE who gives HOPE through Transition!
Katy Nelson, CPLC, ACC, GMC KatyNelsonCoaching.net