As if the traveller has assumed the properties of a chameleon, his skin resembles the parched land that the foot is treading along. Tip toeing over what seems like embers of coal, and through the hot blazing sun… water is all he can think of. The bottle strung along his back mirrored the surroundings, dehydrated and wanting to be replenished. Reaching his destination is not even on his mind right now… all he longs for, looks for, searches for is an oasis in the desert. Yes, his hopes run high and he can simply visualise drops of invigorating refreshing water falling onto his dried tongue. He runs closer to this precious gem of the wasteland. Alas, how disappointed is he to discover that it’s nothing but a mirage.
How often do we sacrifice and labour hard to achieve the things of this world? We strive and strive and strive! For what purpose?! We plod along through all difficulty to reach that refreshing oasis and often what we actually find is a mirage. It reminds me of the conversation Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well. “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” (John 4:13).
Our life on earth is temporal and relatively insignificant compared to the timeline of eternity. What are we slaving for? Is it something that is going to be of real benefit or are you going to find it to be only a mirage, worthless and nonexistent? What sacrifices have you made to reach this mirage? Has it been your health, quality time with your family (spouse, children, parents, siblings etc) or more importantly quality time with God? Would you prefer a mirage or the oasis?
Or have you reached the oasis of the living water that only Jesus provides and haven’t yet taken a sip of the water? Having the water in front of you and not consuming it, isn’t going to quench your thirst let alone heal your dehydrated body. In fact, you can die of dehydration instead. What is stopping you from drinking of the water Jesus gives? Is it your family, your career or ambition, relationships or desire for wealth? Why not drink of the water and lead your loved ones to the oasis rather than all end up at the mirage and die of thirst?
God invites us,
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1).
He promises you and me,
“The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11).