Longing for Water?

As I decided on blogging (I thought also about vlogs or podcasts), I began to think of a name which had a personal meaning and related to what I have on my heart to blog about. And so after a couple of different ideas, I settled on Longing for Water.

And I thought about just leaving it at that, just Longing for Water, which may let the reader leave that open to interpretation. But today, a close childhood friend commented on my Facebook post when I shared my blog asking what that means to me. And so I thought, maybe I can do both. Maybe I can tell you what it means for me to be longing for water, while also leaving you to your own personal interpretation.

In the book of John, Jesus gives a number of “I am” statements which is the Greek equivalent to the meaning of YHWH in the Old Testament. God’s revealed name – YHWH (Yahweh) – means something along the lines “I am who I am” and Jesus says multiple times in the book of John ego eimi or “I am.” Jesus is stating his divinity throughout the book of John in reference to things which God was associated with in the OT, stating his oneness with God.

Well among the things which Jesus refers to himself as is the idea of the living water. In John 4, when talking to the Samaritan woman Jesus tells her “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:13-4 NRSV).

I have so often overlooked this story and the significance it has. But I carry around a 30 oz tumbler with me every where and refill it 6-8 times a day at least. In fact, I practically live off of water and coffee. Drinking water is something I am constantly doing because it is so necessary. Yet no matter how much I drink, it is never enough. I always need more water.

Do not get me wrong, I hear what Jesus is saying that those who drink from this water will never thirst again. But I do not just want one sip of this water. I want this to be the water I am constantly drinking from to remain spiritually hydrated in my life. As the Psalmist (and as a Church of Christ minister, our hymn) says, “as the deer thirsts for the water Lord, so my soul longs after you.”

I want to continue to long to drink from that water all the days of my life. I do not want to become stagnant or comfortable in my walk. I want to grow closer to my Creator daily, and know him more as I am known.

So that is why I chose to name my blog Longing for Water, because I want to continue to drink from the stream which flows from our Savior.

I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,

Josh Gentry.

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