What is springing up inside of you, anyway?

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he engaged her in a conversation about water.  They were at a well, and Jesus wanted a drink.  Here’s part of their discussion …

John 4:7-14 (New International Version, ©2010)

 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
 9 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.[a])
 10 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.”
 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 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?”
 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”

Now, what is this water Jesus speaks of, this water welling up to eternal life?  

Sitting in my office this morning I wondered how life springs from this well inside of us  … from the spirit that God places within each of us when we become living beings.  

I think if we are willing to receive it and spend time regularly aligning ourselves with God, out of that well inside us can spring love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. 

Being fully awake, fully aware of God’s presence, is worth seeking and waiting for.   

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