Within you are likely places that have dried up. Old dreams and hopes that have died. What was once exciting and worth waking up for has become ordinary and unimpressive. Maybe life feels less than exciting right now. You’re droopy, low energy, withering away, and honestly you hate the fact that you’re nothing like you used to be. You use to be full of life. You used to be vibrant and energized. You used to be perky and happy. You used to be growing and getting better.

But somewhere along the way, that stopped.

What happened?

Is that you? Maybe it’s not your whole life, but at least some areas have become stagnant. Maybe it’s your marriage, or your other relationships. It just feels dull. You’re going through the motions, and those motions have become something you dread. Maybe it’s your health journey or your spiritual walk. You’ve lost your spunk and every thing you know you need to do feels more like a chore you have to do.

What has happened to you is natural. It’s a natural part of life to struggle sometimes. It’s the struggle that brings us back to God. It’s the struggle that serves as a warning sign that continuing as you have been is not taking you where you want to go. So, we wake up. So, we start searching for the thing that will bring us back to life again.

I asked God what I need, because the truth is, I feel it too. I feel the dread creep in. I feel the excitement lessen. I feel the monotony of the same old thing over and over again as I wither a little more. God showed me what I need in such a practical way. He showed me through my pineapple plant.

I have a potted pineapple plant that is growing a tiny pineapple. It’s just the cutest darn thing you’ve ever seen. Within that pot is also a sweet potato vine. That little bright green vine literally grows 4 inches a day in my Florida sunshine. But this fast paced growth quickly halts and turns into withered leaves if I don’t continually water it. This plant requires so much water. Three days without water will have my pineapple plant and sweet potato vine straight up giving up on life. Oh it gets so pitiful so quick. It needs water.

And God showed me, this is what I need. I need water. Living water. Without it, I get pitiful quick.

Isn’t this what you need too? You need living water to revive those dried up spaces in your life. Let’s take a trip to the well with Jesus this morning.

John 4: 5-15, “So he came to a town in Samaria near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

This was the very first person Jesus revealed himself to as the Messiah. This encounter with Jesus changed the trajectory of this woman’s life. Her testimony then impacted the lives of countless others who also came to know Jesus.

This woman was not perfect. In fact, if you keep reading her story, you see that she was a woman who had been married 5 times and was now living with a man she wasn’t married to. Why wasn’t she married to him? Probably because he didn’t want the shame of such a broken woman with a horrible track record. We know of the shame that covered her life because of the simple fact that she was at the well by herself in the heat of the day. That wasn’t normal.

Women went to the well early in the morning, before it was hot, and they went together. But this woman, a woman with 5 previous marriages, was alone at the well at noon. Oh what dry places she must have had in her life. Was her picker broken? Did she constantly choose the wrong man? Was she left and abandoned for someone younger and prettier each time? Or had she lost each husband through unfortunate circumstances? Was this woman grieving? Was she hurting? Did she feel unworthy? Was she questioning why her life was so hard and why she couldn’t just have a love that would last?

But on this day, she encountered Jesus at the well, and her life changed. He filled her with his water, living water.

Jesus speaks of this living water one more time, 3 chapters later in John. John 7: 37-39, “Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

And my sister, right here, today, he is offering this living water to you. Water that is alive and flows precisely where you need it. Water that revives and refreshes the parts of you that have dried up.

That water is his holy spirit, and it is given to you without cost to you. You don’t have to earn this. You don’t have to clean your life up to deserve it. You don’t have to get your affairs in order to qualify. You simply have to accept the offer.

You don’t have to continue dragging yourself out of bed dreading life. You don’t have to stay stuck in the overwhelm where it’s all just more than you can handle. You don’t have to sit here and quietly wither away in your misery, only wishing things could be different. THINGS CAN BE DIFFERENT! The living water offered to you by Jesus makes this radically different!

Come to him and accept what he is offering you, and you will be revived. You will find new strength and courage you didn’t know you could have. You will be energized and filled with hope once again.

The woman at the well, she received this water from Jesus that day, and everything changed. John 4: 28-30, “The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.”

Can’t you feel her excitement? Can’t you feel her energy? This woman who showed up at the well alone, broken, discouraged, and shameful, was so excited that she left her water jar at the well. I love that hidden in this story is that sweet little detail. She left her water jar at the well. That seems so unimportant, but it’s included to show she was changed and filled with excitement. And she RAN back to the village.

Now let’s get this straight. Back then, women didn’t run for exercise. They ran because either something was chasing them, or they were in a hurry to get where they were going. She was so filled with excitement, she ran back to the village. This is a woman who has been revived. This is a woman who has hope. This is a woman who knew what she had just received was so good, everyone else would want it too. And she wanted them to have it now, so she ran. And the people came streaming from the village to see Jesus.

Oh that’s what happens when the living water of God’s spirit revives the dried up places within our life … our excitement causes others to seek Jesus for themselves.

Meet Jesus at the well today. He’s waiting there for you. You can come exactly as you are. You can show up with all that is wrong and all that isn’t working. You can show up with nothing left and no way to change it. What you will find here is everything you need.

Allow this encounter with Jesus to bring living waters that flow to those parched places within you. That’s what living water does, it goes where it is needed. It’s not stagnant water, it is alive. It moves. It saturates. It revives. And when it does, then that living water will flow from you onto every situation in your life and every person you come in contact with.

And just like my darling little pineapple plant and sweet potato vine, you will perk up with this water. You will come back to life. You will feel like yourself again, only better. You will start growing again. You will bear fruit in your life, meaning you will do good things and have proof of it.

If you’re feeling less than perky, overwhelmed with all the demands of life, or underwhelmed with the monotony of it all, come meet Jesus at the well and receive his living water.

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