Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.
Hosea 6:3 (NLT)
This past Easter, our church’s guest pastor spoke about “submerging yourself in Jesus.” I’d actually never heard it put this way and it was a message that has stuck with me ever since. At the front of the church there were large bins of water. Throughout the service, anyone could go up to the water and submerge their hands, and then touch their damp hands to their head, heart, and feet… symbolizing submerging ourselves in the King- with our mind, body, and soul.
In front of the band on the stage, there was water that literally rained down throughout the service. It was one of the most beautiful, emotional experiences I’ve ever had in church. Towards the end of the service, more and more people went up to the buckets of water, and I sat in my seat for awhile – just taking in the sight and sounds. People were going up there by themselves, with friends, significant others, and with their children. Watching the little babes carefully put their hands in the water and then touching their hands to their head, heart, and feet – with the most peaceful smiles on their face – tears immediately welled up in my eyes.
Right before I stood up to go to the water bins, I noticed a woman walking up to the front of the stage. Everyone’s eyes were on her as she walked to the front of the church, keeping her eyes on the rain falling from the ceiling. She smiled, took off her shoes, and then walked through the rain falling down – hands up and out. The JOY she experienced in that moment was shared with the rest of us who witnessed it. I will, for as long as I live, remember that moment….
We are thirsty. Our hearts are so, so thirsty for something more, better, bigger. For something that might fill the unexplainable void, deep in our souls. We are thirsty for something GOOD. And I am forever thankful that we have a King who quenches thirst like no other can or ever will. He will come to us like rain…