The great thirst

The Kalahari is a massive semi-desert region that encompasses seven countries in Africa. ‘Kalahari’ comes from words meaning “great thirst” and “a water-less place.” When it does rain, the water is immediately absorbed into the red sand and if any water is left on surfaces, it is immediately evaporated from the sun’s intense heat. Traveler’s wandering through this arid place must wonder where and when they will find any water. Indeed, it would be the most important question -necessary for their very survival.

The answer to the question of where the water is? Close. Tantalizing close. Large pools of water flow about 300 feet beneath the sand. In fact, one of the world’s largest underground lakes is beneath the Kalahari. Water; so necessary for life, is here. So close- but just out of reach.

King David wrote that he yearned for God like a thirsty traveler yearns for water in a desert.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Psalms 42:1

The good news is–God is never out of reach and He is nearer than we know.

‘”… Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”‘

John 7:37

photo via Julian Wishahi via Fickr Commons

Further reading:

Psalms 107:33-36

Isaiah 55:1

John 4:14



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