Exodus 17:1-7 (NRSV)
“From the wilderness of Sin the complete congregation of the Israelites journeyed by phases, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no drinking water for the people to consume. The men and women quarreled with Moses, and stated, “Give us water to consume.” Moses claimed to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you check the LORD?” But the people today thirsted there for water and the folks complained from Moses and explained, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to get rid of us and our young children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this persons? They are practically completely ready to stone me.” The LORD claimed to Moses, “Go on ahead of the men and women, and acquire some of the elders of Israel with you choose in your hand the workers with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will arrive out of it, so that the individuals might consume.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He termed the spot Massah and Meribah, for the reason that the Israelites quarreled and examined the LORD, declaring, “Is the LORD between us or not?”
John 4:7-15 (NRSV)
A Samaritan woman came to draw drinking water, and Jesus mentioned to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the metropolis to obtain food.) The Samaritan female said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, check with a consume of me, a girl of Samaria?” (Jews do not share items in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the reward of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have presented you living h2o.” The lady mentioned to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the nicely is deep. Exactly where do you get that living drinking water? Are you larger than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the properly, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus claimed to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but people who consume of the h2o that I will give them will never be thirsty. The h2o that I will give will become in them a spring of h2o gushing up to eternal existence.” The lady stated to him, “Sir, give me this h2o, so that I may well under no circumstances be thirsty or have to hold coming listed here to draw water.”
from Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Staff Director
Various yrs ago, I bought a lovely carved wooden wall hanging that suggests, “Be still,” referring to Psalm 46:10, which suggests, “Be still and know that I am God.” At times I battle with the two elements of this command, remaining nonetheless (not currently being occupied) and understanding that God is God (God is in control and there is no stage in worrying or trying to do it all myself).
In a modern society that values busyness, it is tricky to sense justified in being however. As a mama with a complete-time job and a a single-12 months-outdated who’s constantly on the move, there doesn’t appear to be to at any time be any available time to be still. But now, extra than ever prior to in my existence, generating time to be nonetheless – and trusting in God’s provision – is so essential, simply because I’m learning how incapable I am on my have to do all and be all. Section of trusting that God will choose treatment of me and my spouse and children is making time to be with God.
If you really don’t spend time getting nevertheless with God, now is the ideal time to start out. This is a hard thing. If you’re like me, you could will need to get started (or commence again) investing time with God in little increments – just 5 minutes. This time might be expended talking to God, reflecting on how God has sustained you in the earlier, or even admitting you never know how to shell out time just being with God and want help in the moment. If you do routinely devote time being even now with God, assume about how that time influences your lifetime and give thanks to God for that time.
Thank you for the reward of time with you. It is a privilege to be in your presence and to know you are in regulate. Draw us near to you and aid us to practical experience tranquil instances with you allow us realize the impact you have in our lives when we connect with you.
In Jesus’ identify, Amen.