Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Thought for the Day

As delivered at BBC Radio Bristol this morning:

Jesus once had a weird conversation with a Samaritan woman. It started being about water - he was thirsty - but it ended being about faith. Jesus described himself as living water. You can get a different sort of drink from him. He will refresh you in a way other spiritual teachers cannot.

Well what kind of a guru are you anyway, she didn't say as Jesus continued to freak her out by knowing things about her family background that he couldn't have known by normal means. Not an everyday Messiah, is the Bible's point.

So. A few weeks into hot dry weather and we start talking hosepipe bans and shortages, although it's reassuring to learn we are not at that point yet.

I've just come back from a holiday on a hot island where it doesn't usually rain from March to September. The weather is predictable and, as the saying goes, scorchio.

Of course on hot Mediterranean islands they are content to live with the earth turning brown and dry in the summer. Irrigation is saved for crops. Lawns are not watered. Cars have a healthy covering of dust. The sparrows drink from the swimming pools, when nobody is looking.

Water is a scarce commodity. We live in a land where it sometimes comes in floods and torrents and sometimes doesn't come at all but most times it just comes out of the tap. Our varied climate makes our people resourceful and adaptable. It may be a key to creativity. It also makes us mad when it's missing as we assert our apparent god-given right to water our gardens and clean our cars.

So take a moment to savour a glass of water today. And gaze into the heart of one who can deal with a deeper thirst.

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