Something in the Water
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
“Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10
At the beginning of August, I had six very good friends that were pregnant. Since then, one has delivered a beautiful baby girl and as I type this, one is in labor to deliver her first child. If everything goes as expected, God willing, two more will deliver their children before August concludes. I know, what you are thinking, there MUST be something in the water here! I agree… Yet what do all of these women have in common besides the obvious…that Winter 2011 was fruitful?!? LOL. Hope. They each have hope. Each of these women has carried their blessing for months and has prayed daily in anticipation of holding their child in their hands. They all hope to see each labor pain, every sleepless night, the discomfort of pregnancy result in the birth of a healthy child. What have you been hoping for?
Although you may not be expecting a child right now, you are in the process of birthing a future dream, praying over a situation, and waiting to see the fruit of your labor. All of that equates to you having hope. You hope your dream will come true, your prayers will be answered, and that the wait will be worth it. You hope. We all hope. And you know what? It’s hard to hope because sometimes you wonder when will hope turn into the actual. And for some, they try not to hope because they don’t want to be disappointed. I know I have been guilty of that more than once. Have you?
Yet, when I read these two scriptures, I was struck by how hope and trust in the Lord are described as a parallel to deep waters that nourish those that draw from them. And what better deep waters to be nourished by than the living water of Christ? When Christ spoke to the woman at the well, He said something I never noticed before; “If you only knew the gift God has for you …” Hope is directly tied to what our Father wants to give us. Hope is the knowledge that our Father, God, has something better for us. We know it even if we don’t see it. We believe that God has a gift for us simply because of who we are to Him – His beloved children.
Each time I try not to hope, hope comes back. It rears its beautiful head in my Spirit and I start to hope again. I can’t help it and I am starting to realize that hope is just as important as whatever I am hoping for. Hope teaches us to rely on God and stand in expectation of answered prayers. Hope teaches us to draw deep in ourselves to do what we didn’t think we could do. Hope prepares us for the moment that dreams come to fruition. Hope teaches us how to wait and perhaps, most important of all, hope allows us to live in those “in the mean time” moments. You see for believers, hope does not originate with us. Instead, hope springs forth from living waters so it’s no wonder that hope is a part of the very fabric of our faith and walk with Christ.
Although I joked about their being something in the water for me to be surrounded by so many pregnant women at once, I recognize the truth of that for all believers. There is something in the water that allows us to hope and keep going, keep seeking, and keep waiting to receive God’s best for us. No matter your dream, today, I want to encourage you to keep hoping. If only you knew the blessing that is to come from that hope, you would understand why it is so important to do just that.