“God calls us to resist succumbing to readily available distractions and instead to press into these thirsty moments, our weakest seasons. Thirst is our ally. We want to be thirsty for God.”- Sara Hagerty
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.”- Isaiah 44:3 (NIV)
Sara Hagerty concludes Chapter 10 of Unseen as she observes this conundrum. Although we drink the water Jesus gives us and never thirst, we still feel parched for Him. And before our completeness in heaven and the end of lack, we rest in our thirst, our longing for God. Ms. Hagerty explains:
“When our thirst for more of God deepens our awareness of how much we need Him, our capacity for Him grows. We not only see Him as the spring of water, but we develop a continued and ever-growing thirst for that water. Our thirst is how God allures us. The thirsty don’t just find God, they thrive in God. They drink with deep satisfaction.”
Therefore, we want to have a tender brush with God. For God didn’t just come to reset the bones of our brokenness. He came to make our broken hearts sing. However, in order for this to happen, we must feel the hurt, feel the longing for something more. Thus, we miss the infilling of God if we constantly try to avoid how spiritually parched we feel.
Most of all, in whatever desert we inhabit, Jesus promises to speak tenderly, Sara concludes:
“What feels like a wilderness, a desert — the hidden seasons and the hidden places throughout the day that expose now dry we are on the inside — cannot thwart the maker of rain. These are the times our roots forge deeper through the earth to find the water source. It’s the only way to survive drought.”
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you press into these thirsty moments? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “When our wounds meet the Healer”