On my last trip, I leaned toward the escort who was helping me get from the airline counter to my gate. “I need to visit the ladies’ room.”
“Sure, it’s right up ahead,” he said.
I left my suitcase with him and entered using my white cane for guidance. The place was empty. That meant no one was there to direct me to the right place. Yikes! What to do? Walk around aimlessly? Or go back out and ask the guy to come in help me? Can’t do that. How embarrassing!
In the midst of my dilemma, I happened to hear a trickle of water from one of the sinks nearby. Using that sound as a point of reference, I went to this side, then to the other. Finally I found the place I needed.
And when it was time to exit, that trickling water gave me the reference point again. I made my way out like a pro.
As I settled in my seat at the gate I grinned. How beautiful that God provides what we need, when we need it. Yes, in bathrooms. But when lost in life, He provides what we need, too.
He offers the living water that trickles through His Word. When lost, when confused, when blind, and unable to find our way, His Word trickles a delightful sound. The sound that gives direction to our life. The sound that gives us meaning and the sound that brings hope when lost in the place we don’t want to be.
The woman at the well did the same. Jesus offered the water, the living water. She heard His voice, left her jar, and dashed off to tell everyone who had given her the water of life. She had direction now. She had purpose.
His message is the same for you and for me: “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13).
Father, so often I lose my way, but the sound of your Word, of your promises and of your direction is the life-giving direction to find my way. I thank you for that gift in Jesus’ name, amen.
- What has you confused lately?
- Where do you find help when lost?
- How do you find the right direction for your life?
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