In Spanish, the word for life is capitalized: Vida. It’s as if the force that God allowed to inhabit each one of us is personified, or at least given great recognition for the gift that it is. In his book Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity (& sermon series of the same title), Pastor Matt Heard acknowledges the thirsts of various desires we all desire to satiate in life, but many times, in misguided or stifled ways. Desires that were founded within humanity in the Garden are frustrated by the human condition within a fallen world. In his paradigm shifting book entitled The Weight of Glory, author & theologian C.S. Lewis summarizes it this way:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Matt Heard explains it is through reconnecting to the triune God as we walk through our journeys that we can access the infinite joy to which Lewis refers. He also reminds us that in Scripture, it is often promised that those who are willing to admit their need will be met. Isaiah offers clearly this invitation:
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine & milk without money & without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, & your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, & eat what is good, & your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear & come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.”
Unconditional & complete love, vocational gifts & talents, rest & restoration, purpose & provision are just a few examples of water He provides.