Friday, December 6, 2013

Thirst and Living Water

It's December's Random Journal Link-up Day. And according to our faithful organizers, that makes it the LAST RJD of the year. I was shocked when I read this, because...where the heck has the year gone, anyway?

Anyway, I was hoping I'd pull out a journal from some winter or other, and find an entry from Advent. However, the problem with all my journals looking ABSOLUTELY THE SAME is that it's the epitome of random pulling out a blue notebook, and alas, I grabbed one from Summer/Fall 2008. I haven't opened it yet. But wait a minute, maybe there's a possibility of Advent toward the end of this book. Hmmm. Oh well, no such luck but here's my offering:

November 3 (Election Eve)
"He is the ground, the teaching, He is the taught, and He is the reward." Julian of Norwich

What hits me, as I read today's Psalm, 63, is that as I thirst from Him in a dry and weary land where there is no water, is that He is both the answer to my thirst AND the thirst itself. Yes, that's it: He is the Living water and my very thirst. Simply BEING thirsty for Him is evidence that He fills me with such thirst. On my own, I only want my way, only (ultimately) want ME. The fact of His indwelling Spirit changes ME to His. Only me cannot thirst for Him enough. But I do. So there He is. It's that simple.

And these words of Julian's bring clarity to what I'm struggling to articulate. He is the substance, the ground, the teaching...the TAUGHT. God speaking to/with the Spirit within me. God to Holy God. Holy God to God within. THIS is where the power comes from, the power I keep veering toward. It's like this huge untapped reservoir, the Spirit, I mean, and the power His presence in us brings.. We live without it, but we don't have to. It's right there for us to drink from. For the Kingdom to be expanded, for us to see, hear, know God as He comes, He meant us to USE what He gave. It's our inheritance. We don't have to second-guess every decision, every path--He is right here. We are armed with everything we need, with the power to see, know, hear and follow, because we're armed with Him.

To put it in the negative, "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed without the Lord."
Proverbs 21:30

4 comments:

Dawn Paoletta said...

Excellent share! It is funny I was thinking along this same direction the other earlier ...you articulate it so well! I love the quote , too. You know I once remember having a book by her, but it passed through my hands and I never even got to read it. Let me know if there is a collection or book that you recommend. He is the great reward, our goal, and our motivation...I love the thought that "He is the ground..." - so foundational. Grateful that it is not reliant on anything me from start to finish...in the sense that surely that would muck it up. Beautiful, liberating truth!

Recovering Church Lady said...

Yes, you are right that our RJD posts are "dove-tailing" beautifully! Love when that happens. I agree with Dawn and love the words about "He is our ground.." So steady and faithful, but still full of surprises. I thirst for more because He IS the more.
Susie

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a marvelous way to end our year of random journaling together...rooted and grounded in Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith...The Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us...and gave us His Word to teach and inspire and instruct us in His grace so that we could be conduits for His love to others who are searching...What a treasure trove this has been! Can't wait to see what next year will bring!

Kel Rohlf said...

"For the Kingdom to be expanded, for us to see, hear, know God as He comes, He meant us to USE what He gave. It's our inheritance. We don't have to second-guess every decision, every path--He is right here. We are armed with everything we need, with the power to see, know, hear and follow, because we're armed with Him."
Right there in November 2008 you do have an Advent thought..."He comes" What better metaphor for Advenet...to thirst for the living God and He did indeed create us with this thirst for Him! Hallelujah! I look forward to where He will take each of us this next year!