[A woman came to a well. Jesus said to her,] “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. . . .” “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water!”
John 4: 13-15
This scene is both simple and dramatic. Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well where He was sitting. He asked her for a drink of water, a simple but human need. Jesus knew what her state was which led, little by little, to her recognizing Jesus as the prophet Savior she had been looking for throughout her life.
The fact here, it seems to me, is that we too must come to Jesus on “empty.” Only in our emptiness can we be filled with what The Lord wishes to give us. On “empty” we have foregone pride, ego, self-centeredness. It is really only in such a state that The Lord can fill us with His gifts.
What must I leave behind today in order to be filled with the gifts that God wishes to give me? Needy is good if it drives me to God.