“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.” Isaiah 55:1
The first night after they moved Darrell to a nearby hospice house, he pulled out his feeding tube. We don’t interpret it as a suicide attempt, rather a reflexive reaction to discomfort. But the result is he is no longer able to receive nourishment through his port. As a result of the strokes, he cannot swallow. Therefore Darrell is dehydrating. He is thirsty.
In Isaiah 55, the Lord speaks gently to those who are thirsty. He extends an invitation to come, drink and eat.
We all get thirsty. We need water to live. Not just physical water. Spiritual water. Isaiah uses a physical analogy to illustrate a spiritual reality. God invites us to come to him. The invitation is genuine. Though we are sinners, God is not against us. He yearns for us to receive mercy and pardon for our sins.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
We arrived last night at the hospice house in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to find Darrell unaware and non-responsive. I spoke with him, read Scripture and prayed with him. I told him God was not taking his physical life, but giving him eternal life. However, it was one way communication. Darrell made it through the night and we will return to him today.
God’s invitation is for all of us. Death is not the end, but a transition. We are eternal spiritual beings, not merely transient physical bodies. Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? God invites you to come, eat and drink from him.