The journey continues on into Wisconsin, a state I spent some of my growing up time in. Attending High School and getting married to Ruth were highlights.
It is another of those places that gets a lot of snow and ice to fill the lakes and rivers that feed into the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. A lovely place in many ways. Yet all the water around reminds me to get ready for upcoming Third Sunday of Lent.
All the scriptures remind us that water is important. It started with Moses in the wilderness in Exodus 17 as the people followed him and there was no water. So God provided water from the rock at Moses’ hand as he struck it with his rod. Then Psalm 95 starts with a hint of last week’s Psalm and a reflection to Exodus as it says; “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: The strength of the hills is his also.”
When one goes for any length of time with no water, it is only water that can provide that life giving flow into our bodies. So it is with the spiritual water of Jesus Christ, we thirst for something beyond our ability to manufacture and we have a thirst for something spiritual and yet there is nothing that can satisfy that thirst and give us spiritual life. Some say I take this spiritual stuff way to seriously, and perhaps there is a case to be made but as a gospel minister I do try to stay close to the source of Christian knowledge which is the scripture. And I know that the times I stray too far from the Bible I find my spiritual life can get dry and I thirst for some filling and as I read and pray something changes and the thirst goes away in my life.
As I have been engaged in this USA journey I have been in lots of places and talked with many strangers that have in their own way expressed this need in life, a need for something beyond themselves. I have shared scripture and prayed with folk that were immensely grateful for a spiritual touch, not from me but rather the person of Jesus that I was able to share. Yes there are those for whom that seemed not to be their answer but for those who He met their need there was great relief.
John 4 the Gospel passage for this Third Week of Lent, shares the story of the ‘woman at the well’ in Samaria and Jesus offering her living water that would satisfy her spiritual need. She received it and in great rejoicing shared it and because her life was changed others also came to meet Jesus. I don’t know if this is your need today or not, but read and see. We all have thirsts and until we seek and check it out we may just keep wandering through a dry wilderness but perhaps for your life, as in mine and some that I have chatted with these past weeks, you can find that something to meet a need.
May God’s word quench your spiritual thirst,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship