“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
These words, from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, are the cries of a man on a ship that is adrift on the sea close to Antarctica. He is not holding out much hope for himself or the others on the ship.
The Bible tells us of the cry of men’s hearts for water. All the way back to Isaac with his digging of ten wells to have enough water, to the woman at the well speaking to Jesus and says in John 4:15 (NKJV), “15Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” There has been a great desire for water. On a hot summer day, after mowing the lawn, a tall glass of ice water, is the perfect remedy.
Water is important in the Word of God. John 7:37-38 (NKJV) “37On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
There are times when we all get tired, worn down, and somewhat defeated. We need a refreshing! Jesus said if we would drink of this water, then there is a supply that comes from the Holy Spirit. John 7:39 (NKJV) says, “39But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
I know personally the truth in this statement. In our service for the King, there have been times when the battle with the enemy was so severe I would not have made it if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit sending someone with a word or speaking through my daily devotions.
I am sure many of you have had similar experiences. When the opportunity presents itself, please share them with others so the Holy Spirit may encourage them. Remember, the woman at the well went and told what had happened and a revival broke out. Peter shared what happened to him on the rooftop in (read Acts 10) and revival broke out. You can be the instrument the Holy Spirit wants to use, allow Him to use you in any circumstance (small or large)!
Everyone is thirsty; some are still looking for the water of Life. Some are hungry for a word from the Lord. Yet others need refreshing from the Holy Spirit. You can be an instrument in God’s hand to be a blessing and an encouragement to others.