We stopped last week in Pueblo, N.M., to gas up at a busy station. It was early morning and everyone was in a hurry to get somewhere. As we waited in line for our turn, a young Navajo man appeared. His clothes were dirty and disheveled indicating he had slept in the desert that night. His face was puffy, he was sweating in the cool of the morning, and he had the shakes. It was obvious he was hung over. He approached the woman in front of me asking for money. She looked at him with disgust, for she was a proud Navajo woman, and he was another drunken Indian bringing shame to her people. When she denied his request he simply moved on to the next person, and the person after that, and the next person after that … All that mattered to him was getting enough money to buy something more to drink.
Whether it is for love, success, attention, or survival we are all desperate in our own ways for something in this life. We are looking for some type of fulfillment, and trying to satisfy some desire. We are all looking for love, peace, and joy.
The incident reminded me of Jesus at the well in Samaria. There he said to a woman, “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.”
What are you desperate for this morning?
Desperate no more,