Tuesday morning when I came downstairs to get my coffee I received a message on my coffee machine to “fill water tank.” That message always makes me cringe because usually there are more messages to follow regarding the care of the coffee machine. Next is usually fill the beans and then empty grounds. Not the way I wanted to start my morning. I simply wanted to get that first cup of coffee in me to get my day started. I was grateful that I only needed to fill the water and then fill the beans. Both tasks much simpler than emptying the coffee grounds and cleaning the tray out.
How is your level of care for yourself today? Are you running dry and needing a fill from the living water of Jesus today?
On most days I truly need a cup of coffee to jump start my day. It helps me get my mind working and holding that warm cup fills me with a level of comfort, especially on these cold mornings. The message, “fill water tank,” made me take a fresh look at my morning practice of grabbing a cup of coffee to start my day. What if I went to Jesus to fill my tank first thing in the morning, maybe even before I roll out of bed? What would my day look like and what effect would that have on my focus for my day?
Lifting my waking moments in prayer to Him, I imagine He would be pleased to hear from me when I first awaken. “Good morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way.” A simple children’s prayer sung by children in the children’s program in BSF, but a great way to focus the beginning of my day. Turning our focus to Him first thing, before even rolling out of bed, will fill us with His living water for the day.
A few weeks ago I studied the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well. You can read the full story in John 4:4-26. It is in this parable that Jesus revealed He is the true source of living water and that whoever comes to Him will never thirst. He was tenderly showing the woman that worldly living would not satisfy what she was thirsting for. Her well would continue to run dry if she continued living as she was living. Though I had studied this story before, this time Jesus impressed upon my heart the fact that He met this woman at the well where she drew water everyday. In this story, He showed me that His well of love for us is deep and never runs dry. As we accept Him as our Savior we can draw upon His well repeatedly and He will fill our reservoir with His life and strength as He breathes life in us through the Holy Spirit. There is now better way to live.
I ask again, as we are getting closer to Christmas, are you running dry? Won’t you try the simple practice before rolling out of bed and pray “Good morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way.” A simple act of surrender, an offering of yourself to Jesus and He will fill you anew with His living water. When speaking to the woman at the well, Jesus says:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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)
Let Him fill you today so you can be a spring, bubbling over with His love enabling you to share His love with those you encounter today.