Sunday, March 27, 2011

Come to the Water

"If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." - John 4:10

All we have to do is ask. That is it. And according to the parable of the Prodigal Son, we don't really even have to ask. We just need to make the move in the right direction.

If we knew the gift of God ... ahhh, that is the rub. IF we knew the gift of God, we would ask and we would make the move to repentance. We really would. But we think God would never forgive us. 
We think God would never forgive others either.
He would never forgive Hitler, or those who carried out Hitler's orders.
He would never forgive child molesters, or those who covered up the crime.
He would never forgive abortionists, or those who decide to have an abortion.
And He would never forgive me.
We think we know better than God and that our sin is bigger than God Himself. And others' sins are even worse!
But then we get this thirst we cannot explain. We get this pull to go to the well. We go even though we are so scared.
We go even though we are so needy. 
We go because we are so thirsty.
And when we drink of this living water, we run to tell others. We run to tell others about this Jesus who has a bottomless well of love and mercy.
This living water that quenches all thirst.
Jesus, we ask you now. We ask you for this living water.
So, like the Samaritan woman, we can go tell others. We can tell everyone.
We can tell others to come to the well. 
Come to the water.
And drink of God's mercy. Amen.


deodate said...

Beautiful thoughts! You are so right, God is bigger than any sin. That is why, I believe, that we are warned time and time again that we shouldn't judge, God reads hearts.

Colleen said...

Andie, thank you. I agree. I have to remember!! God bless!

Mary333 said...

Beautiful post on God's mercy, Colleen. I join you in your prayer asking for living water!

Colleen said...

Thank you Mary! God bless!

Jean Wise said...

Great post, Colleen. Yes God is always MORE. If we only knew we would come running with buckets for His water, not the tine teaspoon I often carry to Him in prayer.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Thank you for this beautiful post.

Colleen said...

Judy, thank YOU! Glad you liked it!

Colleen said...

Jean, love the way you put that! Yes, We need buckets!!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

"We think we know better than God and that our sin is bigger than God Himself." A thought provoking statement. Somehow I think it is connected to feeling that we don't deserve to receive mercy - or other things we may ask for ourselves.

evanscove said...

Yes, so true...
Heaven knows I've at times fallen into the trap of focusing on my sins rather than on God's grace.

In the confessionals at my parish, we have stained glass windows with the following quote from St. Paul of the Cross: The fires of God's love consume our sins like a wad of cotton in a forest fire.

We all should take more advantage of those living waters! Thanks for this reflection.


Colleen said...

Barb, I agree with you. I often think I do not deserve God's mercy. Then I remember - I really don't deserve God's mercy, but God gives it anyway. And that is when I remember - God is much bigger than my sin.

Evan, I love that quote. Thank you!