I was reflecting on one of Jesus statements in my quiet time today;
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
(John 6 vs. 35)
Jesus original hearers would have known what is truly like to struggle for food and water.
On that surface level, Jesus words mean very little to me. I am one of the blessed people in the world; I have not experienced real physical hunger. I have always been able to quench my thirst because, unlike many in our world, I have never had to live with a lack of clean water.
Of course, I have heard plenty of sermons on this passage over the years. I know that there are deeper, internal hungers. We all have them. The hunger for relationships, friendships, significance and being valued. I am sure you could name many other ways in which you hunger.
This period of pandemic has, for me, highlighted the things that I internally hunger for. I wish I could tell you that “Jesus has supplied my every need”, but I still hunger and I still thirst. So, does this mean that Jesus cannot meet me in the hunger of my soul?
In my reflection, I tried a bit of role play (thankfully nobody else was near the office at the time!!!). I imagined that I had gone to see my minister to talk through the problem. I wanted to know what my minister would advise me to do. The answer my minister gave was, “pray”.
At first, I thought my minister had missed the point of what I was asking. Then I realised that my minister had given me the wisest piece of advice I had ever heard.
Pray. Such a small word that carries with it immense depth. What I began to realise is that
The vacuum in my soul creates space for prayer
This type of prayer is not about talking and listening to God. It is just about being in the presence of God, one friend with another. It is about being known and loved by God. It is about being aware of God and, in that awareness, our souls are fed and watered.
If you are hungry and thirsty at the moment, allow me to give you the piece of advice that my minister gave me