On this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent, we will be thinking a lot about thirst. Primarily, it is the feeling we have when we need to drink and being thirsty can be very bad for our bodies – we can go a lot longer without food than we can without water. We can be thirsty for knowledge, and often we talk about our thirst in exaggerations – it’s unlikely that any of us have ever been ‘dying’ of thirst and yet we often hear the term. In Jesus’ time, this was much different – serious thirst, the kind that could make you ill was never far away. Water was drawn from a well so required a journey to get it, clean water was not guaranteed – we are so lucky in our lives that we have drinkable water at the turn of a tap (unlike in many poorer countries) and it’s when you lose your accessible water that you realise the importance of this word.
It’s little wonder then that thirst can describe other things – our need to learn, or our need to be closer to God. So, this Sunday, let us reflect on the things that we thirst for; maybe we thirst for more time with our families, or we have a burning desire to be better at something but, there is one thirst that towers above them all. Our thirst for our Lord – let us spend this period of Lent learning more about God, so that we can fully understand the many ways in which he can (and does) enrich our lives.
John 7:37 (ESV)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.