We take clean and abundant water for granted. I’ve never had to boil or chlorinate water for drinking at my home. I take showers daily. What about you?
That’s why these words of Jesus lose their power in our minds:
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
When you have all the water you need, whenever you want, those words lack power.
But after going to Haiti I saw what the lack of clean, abundant water does. People get sick. People get dirty. Water is so essential that people will drink it even if it’s polluted.
To a Haitian, this verse has a promise of great blessing. Meanwhile, we take the Source of water and water itself for granted.