Thirst No More (Factor of 7)

Ever been thirsty?

I don’t mean a smidge thirsty like “Yeah, I could use a drink (of water.)” I mean, “Holy cow, I am so thirsty my throat feels like the Sahara desert.”

We’ve probably all been there. At least a little bit. (I experience this phenomenon anytime I do a long run without a Camelbak water pack strapped on myself. Or when I talk too much. Either way.)

When you get that thirsty, soda pop (oh, I mean Coke for my southern readers) won’t suffice. Water. H2o. That’s the remedy.

Jesus is the living water… So my beloved husband and I tried to sprinkle around some Jesus water through our latest “Factor of 7.”

On Sunday after church, Brandon and I set out on a mission for Jesus– not only to give literal water to those who might be thirsty, but  to plant (and water!) a little seed of Jesus love. We were going on a walk of epic proportions.

Unlike our previous Factor of 7 experiences, this one was a little different. Instead of taking $107, God called us to get a little creative. (And get fit, apparently.) Here’s what we did: We bought two cases of water (that’s 48 bottles.) We loaded up Brandon’s army assault pack and set out to walk, hand out FREE bottles of water  and pray… for SEVEN miles.

As usual… God blessed our journey.

This Factor of 7 experience was by far the most challenging to date. Not only was it physically challenging to haul full (and cold) bottles of water around for seven miles walking in the Georgia heat (See: sweet sunburns and sore muscles), but it was also the most spiritually challenging. I was concerned about God’s logistics.

When you are walking on paved trails, you really don’t encounter many other folks on foot in the middle of the day. Bikers are on a mission (and usually already equipped with water) and runners are also in their zone, not wanting to stop or carry a water bottle for any distance. (Hey, I totally feel them– it’s hard enough for ME to keep my feet moving on a run without worrying about where the next trash can is.)

About three miles in, we had only given away 5 bottles of water from our first 24 pack that was in Brandon’s bag. I was starting to panic. “God, did you really tell us to do this? Or am I making this up? I know that One is Enough, but I just need some affirmation that this is from you.” 

Right after I finished my prayer (and as a drop of sweat dripped into my eye) I looked to the left of the trail. We had walked into a lower income section of town and there was a run down hotel… With several people sitting outside in the heat, listening to music on a Sunday afternoon.

I asked Brandon if we should venture off the trail and hand out water… His answer, of course was yes… So we branched off our path… and became ridiculously blessed.

The folks sitting there were so excited to receive what we were offering. We passed out water and took down prayer requests. Just as I thought my heart couldn’t experience any more joy, we turned around. Behind us, a single file line of children had formed… ready to receive their free bottle of water.

We passed out all but three of our remaining bottles in under a minute. Each child was incredibly grateful– some of them so much so, they came back asking for another bottle for a sibling or parent. We told each child that Jesus loves them. Their smiles about melted my heart.

Whew… 7.17 miles is a long way to walk on a Sunday– but so worth it.

Brandon and started the trek back to the car to refill our depleted supplies. After restocking, we finished out our final mile. In total, we walked for 2 hours and 30 minutes for 7.17 miles. We took down 22 different prayer requests and gave out over 34 bottles of water.

Our bodies were sweaty. My hair was fuzzy. Our skin was sunburnt pink. But our hearts were full.

And 34 people were less thirsty (for water AND Jesus) than when we started.

Here’s to being thirsty no more,

“Jesus answered, “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 4:13-14

PS: Have you ever given anyone a drink of “Jesus water?” How did it go? Leave a comment below to share you experience! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Thirst No More (Factor of 7)

  1. kelliwommack

    God is using you to impact the world! How awesome! this might be my fave factor of 7 to date.

  2. I read the links in the post and particulary liked One Is Enough. Your Factor of 7 is a wonderful initiative. Sort of like Pay it Forward. There is one thing my husband and I do when we are shopping. It isn’t a huge thing, in fact it’s common courtesy, which I think is related to the kind of thing you are hoping to promote. We really do seem to live in a world of ME,ME, ME.When we are standing at a check out line and someone is being impatient or rude with the poor cashier who is expected to know the answer to every question and have the power to solve every problem, we make a point of being cheerful and supportive when we get to the front of the line. We have noticed that people are more and more impatient with the idea of waiting. We live in this world of instant gratification, with everything we want literally at our fingertips. This is not a blessing, really. It’s a trap.It creates an illusion of entitlement.We are becoming a world of spoiled royalty. I’d like to say we don’t have to practive this very often but it happens quite frequently. It seems the art of kindness is a dying art.

    • Kindness IS a dying art– and I love what you and your hubby do! Just being patient and kind does wonders. I tried that experiment a few months ago at the Fort Benning Commissary. Instead of being an impatient heifer, I intentionally reached out to the cashier… and asked how I could pray for her. She transformed right before my eyes.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I would love to feature your adventures on my blog What In The World R U Doing 4 Christ’s Sake? Would you consider? You can e-mail me at kimdawnsullivan at gmail dot com.

  4. this is wonderful, and I suspect God was showing you what your brothers and sisters nearby are living through, so that in addition to praying for them, you can rally your congregation around getting more involved, in creating relationships, and starting a community rooted in the unity that Jesus says in John 17 is how we show the world God’s love.

    • Thanks so much, Bobby! Our church already does some incredible, incredible things, so our prayer is that this post inspires others to step out of their comfort zone and make a difference… right where they are!

  5. Found you through SDG and am in love with you. Is that awkward at all? 🙂 You are doing amazing things and reminding your readers to do the same. What a great ministry you are fostering!

    • Baha, it’s not awkward if it made me laugh out loud (literally) in the middle of Starbucks. Thank so you so much for the love (also literally) and the wonderful encouragement!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your awesome post on Tell me a True Story. Water for Jesus. They will never forget your act of kindness and your words of truth.

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