Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
The first time I really read this verse I was in a dark place. One I had thought I would never be in. I grew up in the church. I did everything "right". I strove for God and gave Him my life. But here I was, pained and lost.
I was broken. I was empty. I was weary.
I had tried and tried and came up lacking.
I couldn't do "life" on my own.
No amount of planning or reading or rallying could get my life back in order and I realized I needed God.
Then I read the verses above and saw that they were for me.
I was thirsty.
I was hungry.
And I had NO MONEY!
Not one penny in my emotional bank account or physical one. All my life I labored under the idea that my life had to be worth giving. That I had to be somehow "worthy".
But now I had nothing to offer God in return for His water. He still wrote those verses for me.
The verses don't say:
"Come, you who have made something of your life."
"Come, you who aren't in debt and have well-behaved children."
"Come, you who are fulfilled and fresh in your calling."
No, they don't say that.
They gently say:
"Come, all you who are thirsty."
I came that day. And I came this morning. And sometimes my days don't seem a whole lot different from that first day. Sometimes I don't feel a whole lot better. But I come.
Because all I need is me and my thirst. He doesn't want my money or my worthiness. He just wants me and my thirst for Him.