This week Rev. Sue and I returned from a week of visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. Wow! Walking through old growth pine forests, we stood in awed silence as we breathed in the majesty of Mother Nature. There truly are no words to express that feeling of being one with Spirit in moments of utter stillness. It was a magical time that we’ll always remember.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep that “vacation feeling” with us all through the year? The good news is, we can! Though the vacation time comes to an end, the realization of our oneness with Spirit can be ever present. Even if we never leave home, the wordless Peace of God is always available to us.
According to John 4:9-10
Jesus was thirsty and asked a Samaritan woman to draw some water from a well for him.
When she asked, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
A question for us is, “Where do we find the well, or fountain, of living water today?” How do we quench our spiritual thirst?
The Fountain of God
Brian McLaren said, “When you have the fountain flowing within you, you don’t need to travel to some distant mountain to find what you’re thirsty for.” In other words, we don’t need a week of vacation and traveling on planes, trains, and automobiles to get to the fountain of God, our Source. Each of us has that fountain within us. We simply go apart awhile, quiet our minds, and drink from the fountain of living water, Spiritual Energy, that God is.
Prayer and Meditation
When we refresh ourselves daily in times of prayer and meditation, we don’t become exhausted and need a vacation to recharge. We still want vacation time, but we look forward to vacations as times for new adventures! We have joyful human experiences that lead us to a deeper spiritual experience of God-the Source of true Light, Joy, and Peace.
If you’re feeling exhausted and spiritually thirsting, I invite you to partake of that fountain flowing within you. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes each day, take the time to tap into the living water that the Master Teacher spoke about. Be refreshed and renewed my friends. Drink deeply of Spirit’s living waters.