As we journey through different seasons in life, sometimes we find ourselves in dry desolate places. We have all experienced awful times when we feel lost, empty, tired, and ready to give up. We might even wonder whether God’s presence is near us.
When my brother passed away last year my heart was broken, and I felt pain I never knew existed. It was a difficult time dealing with grief and learning to adjust to a new reality. I know many people dealt with their own loss this past year. We have experienced loss of life, loss of connection to one another, and other kinds of loss in our lives.
Isaiah speaks to the people of God and reminds them that God is not only present, but God guides and gives us what we need. Even in dry parched places, God is able to provide an abundance of water to satisfy our thirst. In John 4, Jesus goes to the woman at the well and tells her “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.” When we find ourselves dealing with loss, emptiness, and daily struggles let us turn to Jesus our savior and He will provide us with waters that bring life, hope, and renewal.
Wonderful God, thank you for always being always present in our lives. We ask you to continually guide us and lead us to your waters that quench our thirst and gives us life. Amen.
Rev. Eleazar Partida is the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Maxton