Monday, June 11, 2012

Messy Mondays - Dragonflies

Messy Mondays where I share what God has been showing me through the messiness of life. It is my personal belief that this walk isn't clean and crisp and straight or narrow. It's wide and twisted and mucky and messy. It's about the ups and the downs, but through it all God is there with us. 

Two weeks ago, my husband and I went to Phoenix, Arizona for a week of rest and relaxation (meaning, without the kids).  We toured many of the sights in and out of Phoenix.  One of the places we toured was the Heard Museum.  It is a museum celebrating the Native American Culture of Arizona.

While walking through the exhibits, I saw a write up about the Navajo tribe and dragonflies.  The Navajo believe the dragonfly symbolizes pure water.  When I saw the symbol for the dragonfly, I knew they were right.

Water is very sacred in the desert.  It can mean life and death.  I experienced this while walking around Phoenix and driving the Apache Trail.  For miles around there is cactus, dirt and rock.  When you are around water you can tell immediately.  You smell the earthy smell that appears at the start of a spring rain.  You see the lush oasis like settings by rivers.  Without water, you become parched.  You can't live without it more than 2 days.

Through this, I was fully able to appreciate that Jesus is the pure water that we need.  Without Him we cannot survive.  When we are close to Him, all our senses are awakened.  We are focused on Him.  We long for Him.  We crave Him.  Only through His cleansing water are we washed clean and renewed.  Without Him we are dead.  We cannot truly exist without Him.  We are dead.

The woman at the well understood this when she met with Jesus.   
Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans). Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 
 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:4-15 NIV84)
She knew after talking to Jesus that she needed the water that only He can give us.  That when she drank from that water, she wouldn't need to look for it anywhere else.  We can search for relief from thirst in many things and in many ways, but we will continue to search and search.  Until we acknowledge where the pure water is from we will continue to thirst and not be filled.  Jesus offers us relief from the heat.  He offers us eternal life in the water He provides. 

Are you parched?  Are you searching?  Have you accepted that water?

I am linking up with Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood this week.


Megan Elzey said...

I love the story of the Samaritan woman! One of my favorite parts is when she dropped her water pail and ran to tell everyone else about Him. In leaving her pail behind, she was leaving her cover of sin and shame at His feet. He cleansed her and made her new, and she couldn't help but tell everyone! I love it. Thank you for sharing!

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Jedidja said...

I love this storie too. And also what you told about the Navajo tribe and dragonflies. Its great. Thank you for this.

Sunflower Faith said...

Is it bad my first thought was...nice necklace??

Water is so vital for life and when Jesus tied that in with the Samaritan about the perfect way to share God's word with many are struggling with borderline dehydration or filled with thirst...

When the life around us is like a desert...yes...its only true life giving water that will refresh us!

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