We spent the week in Florida and visited the beach at the end of Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna. It was busy since a lot of people travel just after Christmas. The waves were beautiful and noisy, yet peaceful. The gulls swooped down hoping for treats.An occasional broken shell adorned the shore line with names scratched in the sand or footprints along the way for the waves to wash out. People lounged on the sand as children played in the water nearby. When my hubby and I walked down the damp sand, I noticed something odd laying on the sand. I stopped and bent over to look closer at the orange jelly-like blob. It was a jellyfish stranded on the beach. I had nothing to scoop it up and put it back in the water, nor did I really know anything about doing such a rescue. I knew it would die there. On our way back, I spotted yet another that was blue waving it's conical head slowly back and forth as it languished there on the sand. Seeing these poor creatures caused me to think about living the Christian life. They were stranded.
There was a feast in Jerusalem. Jesus went quietly after He was rejected in His hometown.He didn't want to be noticed because it was too early to reveal Himself to the general population. He overheard some scholars wondering how He knew how to read the Scriptures since He was never taught to read.Jesus decided to answer them by saying He taught the doctrine that belongs to God. He also went on to say they knew the law, yet didn't do it. As a result, an interesting discussion ensued. They wanted Jesus arrested and killed, but they were prevented supernaturally from doing so.He revealed who He was to them. The Pharisees totally missed His point.
Jesus went on the last day of the feast and preached that He was the Living Water, Anyone who comes to Him will never thirst and living water would spill over from those who believe in Him. They would receive the Holy Spirit whom they hadn't received yet. The very people who should have known Him rejected Him. Even His own brothers didn't believe in Him. Those who refused to believe in Jesus as the Messiah are like the little orange jellyfish laying lifeless on the beach.
As Christians, we have that living water Jesus spoke of. Yet, some of us get swept away in the waves of life's challenges. We give in to overwhelming concerns, languishing. Apart from staying with the Word of God and the fellowship of other believers, we are like the blue jellyfish, flopping aimlessly, sucking air. My hubby and I walked down Flagler Avenue on Saturday night. We had no idea it was party central, but discovered this rather quickly. Several people were intoxicated. We could smell marijuana every once in a while. Some parents were taking their children around that party atmosphere, not seeming to be concerned about what their kids might experience. We cut our walk short, heading back to our hotel. What if we caved in to the atmosphere in our efforts to de-stress on vacation? We would be Christians out of our element "sucking air". When we allow ourselves to become beached by life's trials, our spirits dry up. We must remain immersed in that Living Water. Our source of life is in Jesus.
What's wonderful to know is that living water will also be in eternity. There will be living fountains of water for us.Jesus will be there and we will never hunger, never thirst. We will be satisfied. Do you know this Jesus, the source of Life? If you do, do you stay immersed in His Word with other believers? If not, call out to Him to draw you back to Hiimself. He will. We need the living water only He offers.
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