Thursday, August 30, 2018


In John 7:37-38, we read: “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

“Grandfather, that boy's thirsty.” The little guy picked up another soft drink can, tipped it up, drained it. Tossed it in a burlap bag.

“Hey,” he called. “Thirsty? I have an extra bottle water.”

“My name’s Timmy. This is Grandfather.” He handed the bottle to the boy. He grabbed it, chugged it.

“Thanks, mine to keep?”

“Sure. We’re headed to get breakfast.  You’re welcome to join us.” The boy peeped at Grandfather through half-closed lids. “If you’re not hungry, it’s okay. Thought I’d offer.”

“Can I bring this?” He held his bag of cans. Seeing Grandfather’s nod, he slung it over his shoulder.

Seated, the waitress brought menus. “Mr. Sterling, Timmy...Jake? What’re you doing here?”

“He’s my guest. He needs a menu.” She hesitated, then handed one to him. “Thank you. What’ll you have this morning, boys?”

After a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, Jake put down his empty milk glass. “Y’all eat here often? She knew your names.”

“On Saturday mornings--special treat for Timmy and me. But I’ve not seen you before.”

“Just moved. She lives on my street.” He nodded to the waitress. “I’ve got to go. Thanks for breakfast.”

“Think he’ll come again? He enjoyed the pancakes.” Grandfather smiled.

“When he gets thirsty, he’ll be back.”

Kingdom Thinking. Like Jake, I drank water that couldn’t satisfy. Then Lord Jesus invited me to come to Him and drink living water. He promises never to leave me and to love me with an everlasting love. He promises the same to you. Won’t you come?