Water, Cool, Clear, Water

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 19-21; John 4:1-30

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!” (John 4:13-15, Common English Bible).

When I read the story of “The Woman at the Well,” my mind almost always goes, immediately to two things. The old Hank Williams song. I borrowed the title for the post. Willams sings, in part:

The shadows sway and seem to say
Tonight we pray for water…. cool, clear water
And way up there He’ll hear our prayer
And show us where
There’s water… cool, clear water

There is little that can satisfy the thirst within us on a hot summer day than water, cool, clear, water.

The second thing that comes to my mind is two trips I made to Canada when I was a teenager. I have mentioned them before in this blog. Right across the US-Canadian border from Minnesota is a Canadian Provincial Park, probably about the equivalent of our national forest but a more intense experience. If you like to rough it, go here!

One of the things I remember most about those two trips is the water. It wasn’t just cool, it was cold! It was also deep and clear. The water was so clean and clear we literally drank it straight from the lake. We would be paddling along in our canoes and we would find ourselves thirsty. So, we would pull the paddle through the water, hold the paddle in the air with the handle side down and let the water run off the blade into our mouth. I loved the taste of that water. Cold, clear, water.

I know this isn’t the water Jesus talked about with the woman at the well but I do think it is the water he was asking for when he first sat down and she came out to the well. She starts asking questions about why he would ask a Samaritan woman for water. The Jews and the Samaritans did not get along. The Jews saw the Samaritans as half-breeds (I don’t like the term but it is how the Jews saw them) who had let foreigners corrupt the bloodline of God’s chosen people. It seems to me, if you are thirsty enough, it doesn’t matter who you get your water from. What you want is water, cool. clear, water.

As the woman talks with Jesus she really doesn’t get it. She wants to get away from the drudgery tasks of her life. She wants some time to just kick back and relax. We all want that. The world does show that some of us do get more of that leisure time than others. It has always been that way. It probably always will be that way. The best we can do is have a drink of water. Cool, clear, water.

The story doesn’t really say if the woman figured out what water Jesus was telling her about when he talked about living water. What she did find, however, was a man who would talk to her and tell her what she had been and what she could be whith his living water. Cool, clear, (living) water.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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