Last weekend I got a gift. It wasn’t anything material, there was no money spent, no wrapping paper; it was something I was given in a casual conversation. I was with my niece talking about people in difficult circumstances. She told me of a time when she was “over-thinking” and her boyfriend said, “There IS water in the glass!” What a gift! I don’t have to know that the glass if half-full or half-empty. I don’t have to know when it will be filled or how long it will last. Just that there IS water in the glass!
That there IS water in the glass is not enough, Jesus tells the woman at the well in John 4. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The WATER in the glass must be from Jesus! Otherwise, we find ourselves evaluating with every circumstance the half-full/half-empty nature of the glass.
It’s easy for me to see the “half-full” glass when things are calm, or when good things happen. When things are turbulent, unfair, or just “stinky,” it’s harder! I tend to want to fix problems, to protect friends and loved ones, and my “mama bear” claws come out! It’s easy to take our eyes off Jesus and the gift of salvation He gives us when things are tough, when the storms of life come.
Peter takes his eyes off Jesus while he’s walking on water in Matthew 14, “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and come toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind (got distracted by circumstances and took his eyes off Jesus), he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”
When storms come, and they will, I want to weather them, like Peter did, with my faith full, and my eyes on Jesus. “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water.” I also want to learn from Peter, that it’s when I get distracted in the storm, and take my eyes off Jesus, that things fall apart. We don’t always get “fair,” we don’t always get “problem free.” But we ALWAYS get Jesus. He reached to Peter immediately in his need.
I want to know and remember that there IS water in the glass! What a gift!