Part 2: Chapter 1 – Day 2: The Water of Life

Welcome to Day 2 of Part 2, Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie is sharing a devotional on The Water of Life.

Have you ever been thirsty?
I am speaking about the kind of thirsting
In which you feel so thirsty there is a fainting in your soul.

I have been in that land of thirsting,
And I have watched the shimmering waves
Of heat baking the desert sands
As my parched soul
Looked up to Heaven
Waiting
For even one cloud to form.

Many years ago, my family traveled and shared a drama in which I portrayed The Woman at the Well. Week after week, in many different settings, my lips spoke the cry of a woman so thirsty that she begged for a drink when the well was right before her. You see, Jesus had offered to her a different kind of water: a filling up for her soul’s thirsting.

“Jesus answered, ‘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 

As the weeks and the months passed, every time I spoke those woman’s words, a deeper longing was planted in my own heart. I didn’t know it at the time, though. I thought I was being filled, as I gave out the words of Jesus, week after week.  

Ah, how does it happen? How does a cry in our heart become lodged so deep that only another longing can answer in return?

I thought I knew how deep the well in my own heart was. I thought I felt the fullness of my Lord’s Words when I shared His heart with those around me.  But I had only scratched the surface.  I offered my praise, and I offered my worship, and my Lord knew what was required to let me see my own unmet longing.

The desert of pain
And the heat of suffering
Burned away the
Half-met longings
To uncover
The well where
Full-hearted cries
Could finally be heard.

I have some very dear friends who continually pray for my healing. They wait in hope for the day that Jesus will restore movement to me, and a full remission in this place of pain. Where would I be without their sweet prayers of HOPE? And I do see improvement from the awful heat and swelling that began this journey of disease.

But there is a deeper healing 
In my soul
That I would never trade
Even for just a day
Without physical pain.


For how can I tell
Of the wondrous
Filling
For my soul's
Thirsty well?

How can I sing
Of my Savior's dear Presence
Carrying my heart
To His bosom of rest
When the pain
Overwhelms?

And how will I share
These dewdrops of love
Poured down on my heart
When the desert sky
Breaks
With the water
From Heaven?

Is your heart facing a desert sun today? Are you fainting as the heat of the day wastes your soul?  There is a filling that can happen for you too, my friend.  There is a place of stillness close to the heart of God where He calls you to come.

It is His very Word spoken at the end of our drama, week after week. I longed for those words to be mine, years ago, but it took the pain of suffering to bring them home to my heart:

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”  Revelation 22:17 NIV 

6 thoughts on “Part 2: Chapter 1 – Day 2: The Water of Life

  1. Lisa Enqvist June 11, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    I need to collect all your posts together and read them quietly. I’ve been unable to concentrate lately. My e-mail mail box is constantly overloaded. I can’t seem to keep up. I’ve started reading old letters. My father wasn’t the bad guy as I’ve painted him!

    Love

    Lisa

    Den tors 10 juni 2021 14:19Arise & Shine skrev:

    > Anna Smit posted: ” Welcome to Day 2 of Part 2, Chapter 1 of Arise and > Shine. Today, Bettie is sharing a devotional on The Living Water. Have you > ever been thirsty?I am speaking about the kind of thirstingIn which you > feel so thirsty there is a fainting in your soul.” >

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    • Anna Smit June 11, 2021 / 8:19 pm

      Oh Lisa: what a gift of redemption God is bringing through those letters, as He gives you His eyes looking back. Praise Him!

      Please don’t feel like you have to “keep up”. Let God be the one to pace your days. He will lift up what He longs for your heart to receive. Just rest in Him and His leading and let go of all “I need to” and “I have to”. Don’t feel any pressure.

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      • Bettie G June 16, 2021 / 11:03 pm

        Oh, yes, Dear Lisa, please don’t feel pressured to read and respond. I am having to pace my own reading also. And praise God for the grace He is sending to you as you look back over letters from your Father. What a gift of healing! May He continue to bless you more as you rest in Him.

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  2. Gayl June 14, 2021 / 9:53 pm

    So good, dear Bettie! And I love that Steve Green song. So beautiful! Blessings and love! xoxo

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    • Gayl June 14, 2021 / 9:53 pm

      I mean Keith Green! Sorry about that. It’s one of my favorite songs.

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  3. Bettie G June 16, 2021 / 11:05 pm

    Oh yes, Gayl, I do love both Keith Green and Steve Green! But this one, “There is A Redeemer,” is so very special. May I keep praising and thanking Him for sending us His son. Blessings and love to you! xoxo

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