Tonight was “veg night.” Stone is sick, which never happens, and selfishly I loved sitting on the couch knowing we couldn’t go anywhere— even if we wanted to. Our home is quiet. Peaceful. A stark contrast to my soul where to-do lists have been whirling around.
After a few episodes of “Parks and Rec” (honestly, we tried to get into it and just couldn’t… I’m sorry, world), Stone went to bed and I started “shutting down” the apartment. I reached to turn off the last light and all of the sudden it got really still in our kitchen. Still enough for me to hear my own thoughts racing—and more than that, still enough for me to be aware of the thirst in my soul.
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
On Easter Sunday, our pastor talked about this ache we all have—a thirst that can’t be quenched.
We spend our entire lives trying to quench this infinite thirst with finite drinks. Like saltwater, the things we try to satisfy ourselves with only make us thirstier. We search for meaning, but we cannot find it in approval from others, more likes on social media, or a promotion at work. We search for purpose, but we cannot find it while we’re caught in the net of vanity this world so eloquently casts. We search and do not find, we drink and still find ourselves empty.
Until we find the drink that is not finite.
“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
You see, He is the thirst we cannot quench, the end of all our desires. Our hearts are “restless until they learn to rest in Thee” (St. Augustine), and we cannot know our purpose apart from His truth.
So, maybe you are at a good place in life and scrolled this far out of pure boredom. But maybe you have been searching for a drink that will satisfy your soul. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know this: nothing and no-one but Jesus will cure you of this insatiable thirst. It is Him you are longing for, and He died a brutal death so that you could come to Him and drink of the well of salvation, be cleansed by His blood, and be eternally satisfied in His love for you.
Bottoms up. 🙂