Our boy’s home is located in a community called Agua Escondida, meaning hidden water. This is such a fitting name for the neighborhood because water is scarce. Water only runs 2 morning each week. Even then water is not abundant, at best, it trickles in. With limited water residence are forced to have an Aljibe, (underground water holding tank). We have a 10,000 liter tank which supplies the home with water for bathing, laundry, dishes and flushing toilets. Even with an aljibe it is common to run out of water. We buy an additional 30,000 liters of water each week just to keep up with the home’s basic needs. (Drinking water must be purchased separately.)
Although aljibes are helpful and even essential for us, they do run out of water! This is a fact that we are all to familiar with. Wells on the other hand, rarely run out of water. One well could provide an endless supply of water. Unfortunately, wells are prohibited in our neighborhood. Imagine that, the solution to our water problem, so obvious, so simple, and yet prohibited.
That reminds me of another solution that is prohibited in over 50 countries, The Bible. It contains answers to many pressing needs and problems. In the book of John,
Jesus speaks of a special water that is so effective, we will never thirst again after having tried it. He tells the Samaritian woman at the well that if she would have only asked, he could provide her with this living water. Water so thirst quenching that she would never be parched again. (John 4:10) Later in the same book, Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:37-39) Now don’t misinterpetate. Jesus is not referring to the same type of water that fills our aljibe nor what we purchase in 5-gallon bottles for drinking. His water does not quench physical thirst. Instead Jesus is speaking of a solution to a much greater need…the thirsty soul. An answer so simple that sometimes we miss it. God’s Spirit can meet our innermost longings if we simply ask Him.