when polydipsia can be the best condition to have

Today I’m pondering deeply how Jesus quenches polydipsia (excessive thirst) of the heart.

He freely opens the Everlasting Fountain to those who cry,

“Save me, I’m dying of thirst!”

not merely to the mildly interested with an

“Oh, well, if You’ve got the pitcher out anyway – sure, I’ll have a sip.”

I’m fascinated that even in His on-earth ministry, Christ didn’t focus on the impress-me-I’m-religious types. He showered grace and truth on the begging, the bone weary, the past-recognition desert wanderers.

Sadly, I’ve sometimes found myself trying to convince the barely thirsty of great grace, and I’m left sad and puzzled when they don’t grab the Water of Life and guzzle.

But why should I be astounded? Jesus never was.

He spent His time instead dispensing grace to that lone Pharisee who risked position, respect, and church identity to sneak and see Him at night.

Christ marveled and rewarded great faith inside Canaanite sandals that shouldn’t have dared ask for His healing.

He let popular opinion slide off His back on the way to a dishonest, vertically-challenged, tax man’s home, intent on sharing His truth and His time.

cup overflowsHe saw the parched right where they were and offered life-restoring Water.

And He still readily offers Living Water to those of us who are desperately thirsty, weary of dry wanderings, our mouths open and begging.

To those with heart-deep polydipsia, He offers quenched thirst at the Well of Himself.

Janna, Grace Embracer

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

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