Thirst can be defined as a feeling of needing or wanting to drink something or a strong desire for something.
The urban dictionary defines thirst as a form of lust of or want from members of the opposite sex.
John 4: 14 “but whomever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I lay here in my bed speechless, in tears, confused, amazed, in awe, thankful, and full of the spirit.
Let me take you back a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago, I was at a restaurant with a few girlfriends. I watched a group of men basically sit at their tables with this look of wanting to bite various women as they walked through the door. These men seemed at the time is–what I would call hungry. I was uncomfortable by the way they looked at other women and most importantly by the way they looked at me. These guys were in my words doing way too much. One of my girlfriends said “those guys are thirsty and the thirst is real!”
That phrase never left my mind and I began searching for areas in the bible that spoke on thirst. We know how GOD delivers, he is always on time. God led me to the story of the woman at the well. I don’t think I was ready for what I was going to experience.
Reading the story, I learned that the woman at the well was faced with the following issues in her life: low self-esteem, hopelessness, morale, and feeling ostracized. This woman let others treat her cheaply, and as a result she treated herself very cheaply. I have been the woman at the well and I am sure many of you have too.
You see, people do not grow up wanting to be treated cheaply…little girls do not aspire to be career prostitutes and little boys do not aspire to become abusers; but unfortunately children who are abused in any form, tend to abuse themselves and others. Our human nature forces us to make desperate choices in the wake of abuse and oppression. This is why we are experiencing this thirst epidemic. Men and woman have an excessive thirst to replace what was taken from them or not given to them as children…love and attention.
What do you thirst for? Have you been treating yourself cheaply? Do you find yourself in abusive relationships? Are you thirsting over the opposite sex? Do you find yourself posting images on social media that seek the wrong type of attention? Are you sulking in feelings of guilt, shame, and fear- because of a past situation? What are you lusting over?
Are you finding relief in the things you thirst for?
Please don’t remain hostage by your past or what appears to be a social or cultural norm. Just like the woman at the well, we are dealing with issues and as a result this excessive thirst is exhausting and gives us a blurred vision.
For years I carried the burden of molestation—I was treated cheaply by men as a child and in turn I continued to allow men to treat me cheaply (with little respect). That’s why I lay here in tears, I see so many hurting people, who like me suffered as a child. I am so thankful that we don’t have to be in bondage by what happened in our past. If we truly thirst for more, just like the woman at the well, GOD is ready to give you a drink of the living water. Go take a drink and thirst no more!
Commit to the change…I Dare you!
I want to drink from your well. Thank you for giving me an excessive thirst for you. Thank you for giving me the grace that I need to be free from past bondage. I love you.
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