Fresh potable water is vital to human, animal, and plant life.
Yet we all need water. If you live or were passing through Toledo the first weekend in August, it was a little scary as people were without safe water. Suddenly, we all appreciate the necessity of it. It was so easy to get before, open the tap, water fills the glass, you're set. Suddenly, this wasn't the case. Speaking of "case", cases of water were gone within hours of the notice. Restaurants closed for the day, even the Zoo was unable to open.
We take water for granted. I don't know about you, but I do the same thing to Jesus. Yes, Jesus. I was fortunate enough to grow up with the knowledge of him always in the background of my childhood. When I went through religiously affiliated junior high, high school, and college, I still thought about him - I mean, it wasn't like he was going anywhere.
But then I had a crisis. I realized I needed the Living Water that Jesus called himself. I needed refreshment from pain, and I needed the life-sustaining flow of the rescue only Jesus could provide. I took Jesus for granted. Fortunately, realizing my mistake and repenting, I found Jesus was right there, waiting as I ran to him.
Since then, I don't take Jesus for granted. Every day I remind myself of the thirst only Jesus can quench.
As I write this, the rain falls, refreshing the plants and crops that need it for growth. The farmers don't take rain for granted. The people in Toledo don't take drinking water for granted. And we should all remember (or find out for the first time), how only Jesus offers us the flow of cooling, life giving water for eternity.
And, you may want to throw a case or two of drinking water in the basement. Just in case.