The last few years I have been on a passionate mission to help others learn to listen to Jesus during prayer as well as talking to Him, and to learn to turn to Him all day long as a lifestyle. The other day I woke up with a mental picture of something I thought would be helpful. So during a small group where I was sharing, I asked this question, “If you are in the desert, what is the main thing you want?” “Water!” several people answered. “If you are on a long hike what is the main thing you will want?” Again, everyone answered, “Water!”
My next question was, “Have you ever seen one of those backpacks in which you can carry all of your water?” Most had and several knew the name. From the water in the CamelBak there is a straw that comes around to your mouth from the water container. With a big grin, I acted out my mental picture by turning my head towards my left shoulder and making a slurping sound. The ladies laughed.
That is a picture of how easy it is to take a sip of Jesus–the Living Water. He is always with us; He is always right here; His love and care never run out, and we can take a slurp anytime we want to.
I took the analogy a little further by saying, “Just as we know we are thirsty and want to take a drink of water, we can notice that our peace is gone and turn right to Jesus for some Living Water.” (Head turned to the left shoulder–slurping sound.)
Can you see how easy it is? Can you see how necessary it is? Can you see how wonderful He is? I left the ladies with these three things to do when turning to get a sip of Jesus: Tap* to be sure your relational circuits are on. Ask Jesus, “Where are You right now?” And then ask Jesus, “What do You want me to know about this______?”
As easy as getting water from a CamelBak.
*(With the fingertips, tap back and forth-1-2, 3- 4, 5-6 on each side of the sternum below the collar bone. Say this verse as you take a deep breath–“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You, O LORD.” [Psalm 56:3])