How do you feed the anguish of a soul? The search of every heart is some sort of peace or sustenance that feeds the inside, but true water for the soul comes from the Giver of Life–not from other things that have effects that melt away faster than they can be replenished. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman by the well, the conversation quickly went to the real need of the woman, whose soul was starved and whose activity to fill it with dead-end relationships did not satisfy the need. But here was the Man that had the audacity to define water a different way, but it was a different kind of water: water for the soul. Beyond the trite substitutes that have never worked through the ages, the Bible records something different: He is the Water for the hungry soul. It is so different that it touches eternal life, but a person must want it and receive it at any cost to have it.
It’s not unlike the picture of Spring rains that feed the ground. Every farmer waits for them. The new season of planting is utterly dependent on it. Of course there are artificial ways to get water to the earth, but in most places in the world, rain is still the primary source. The evening of April 1st was one of those nights of waiting for water for the thirsty land. Light Spring rains were forecast but the moon was still visible through the incoming haze and bands of clouds. Under these conditions, the sketch below was developed. It is a simple capture of the major lunar “seas”, the curve of the mountains around Sinus Iridum that were lighted in a curve beyond the terminator, and a few other features. 3 hours later the skies were clear; the forecasted rains never came. It was just a reminder…again…that real water for the soul is Christ in the heart. Substitutes are forecast to do some good but they don’t.
Scripture reference: John 4:1-38