In 1947 the Sons of the Pioneers made it all the way to number 4 on the charts with a song titled, “Cool Water”. That was way before my time and yet that song is one of my earliest memories. It starts out:
All day I’ve faced the barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry
And souls that cry for water, cool, clear water
When you hear them sing this song, you can almost feel your own throat get parched. Just reading the words “throats burned dry and souls that cry for water – cool, clear water” makes me want to go get a tall glass of water. Being truly thirsty is truly a torment. You can live about three weeks without food, but only three days without water.
The Bible talks about water quite a bit. One of the primary reasons for this is that in Palestine there isn’t a lot of either water or rainfall. All water is precious. When I did Jan-term there in 1987 it rained one day, and only one day, the whole month. Everyone told us that rain is always a blessing and they never complain about it.
One day we went out to the city of Nablus and visited Jacob’s well. This is the traditional site where Jesus told the Samaritan woman to give him a drink from the well. The water is cold. Most of us there that day had a drink from the water which comes up from a depth of about 135 feet. It tasted very good. I can only imagine how wonderful a cup of that water would be on a very hot day.
But although Jesus wanted a drink of water from that well, the water he began to discuss with the Samaritan woman was a different kind of water, living water. He told her that if she had living water she would never be thirsty again.
In John 4:15 “The woman said to [Jesus], ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’
Eternal life is like a spring of water gushing up. This water never dries up and is always available. Sweeter words were never spoken to those with throats burned dry and souls that cry for water – cool, clear water. The living water. The water of life.