What Are You Craving?
They’re full of flavor and packed with nutrition. My husband Steve and I have been creating smoothies from all kinds of fruit and vegetables.
Low in calories, but nutrient-dense, these liquid meals have added all kinds of things to our diet that we don’t normally include.
Kale, parsley, and lemons aren’t the first things I reach for in the morning, but when paired with grapes, an apple, an orange, and some pineapple chunks, this blend delivers just what my body needs. It leaves me satisfied and energized.
So many times I’ve chosen food that sounded good to me – the starchy stuff or the sweets – only to leave the table unsatisfied. My body was craving something more.
Unfortunately, this experience isn’t limited to physical choices. I’ve often done the same thing with spiritual choices. I try to satisfy my spiritual hunger with things other than the Savior. Author, Lysa TerKeurst stated the truth in her book, Made to Crave:
God created us to crave so we’d ultimately desire more of Him in our lives…Lysa TerKeurst, "Made to Crave"
A trip to the well
Years ago, a woman went to a well to draw some water. She waited until the middle of the day, maybe in an effort to avoid the other women of the town. But someone was resting at the well – it was a man, and from the looks of him, he was a Jew.
She was minding her own business when the stranger asked her for a drink. Startled, she replied with a question of her own. Why would a Jew ask for a drink from a Samaritan woman? She was well-aware that the Jews didn’t mix with the Samaritans.
His response wasn’t what she expected:
If thou, knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. John 4:10
A different kind of water
Her curiosity was piqued. How could this man give her water when he didn’t even have a pitcher? Was he greater than Jacob, the patriarch who had dug the well? She had to know.
His answer was even more outrageous than his first response:
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:13-14
Wow! Now that was something she could use. She wouldn’t have to come to the well anymore and run the risk of bumping into the other townspeople. She could avoid the knowing looks and whispered remarks.
More than a man
She wanted this water the man was talking about. But as soon as the words left her mouth, he was telling her to go get her husband. She told the truth. She didn’t have a husband.
The man seemed to know all about her. He stated the difficult facts: she had been married five times and the man she was currently living with was not her husband.
She was stunned. How did he know these things? He must be a prophet. Maybe he could point her to God. Maybe he could tell her when the Messiah would come.
What had he just said? Could it be true? His words hung in the air waiting to be embraced by her soul:
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:26
What she really needed
He was the Messiah! While they talked, she had been focusing on water that could quench her physical thirst. All the while, He had been referring to Himself – the spiritual water that could quench her thirsty soul.
Although she had gone to the well to draw water, she left that day with what she really needed: a soul that found the Savior and was satisfied.
What are you craving? What step will you take today to spend time with the only One who can truly satisfy your soul?