Living Water

March 24, 2019

Location: outside of Bryson City, NC, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Mile: 137

Please read: John 4: 4-26

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst again. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 13-14

A very common occurrence on the AT is hikers gathering, filtering, and purifying water at springs and waterfalls along the trail. Having been spoiled by the overabundance of water sources, I foolishly skipped a water source because I deemed it too far (two-tenth mile) off trail. Big mistake as my lips became parched indicating that I was becoming dehydrated.

As the above scripture came to mind. I wondered, how thirsty was Jesus that day, and with all the walking that he did, how often did he thirst?

When I finally found water, it was cool, refreshing, and delicious! I then wondered, was the water that Jesus drank that day cool, refreshing, and delicious?

I do long to drink the water that Jesus promises in which I will never thirst again. I am thankful that Jesus provides a spring of water leading to everlasting life.


Chappy Jack (left) with Pastor Wayner Dickers (center) and his wife Joanna. Pastor Wayner pastors a United Methodist Church in Bryson City, N.C. He also holds services at the Nantahala Outdoor Center River of Life Church. Offerings go to building water systems in Haiti.

My first time camping in the snow.

Miniature snowman. This Alabama boy has been in very little snow during the years.

Blessings to all!

Chappy Jack


7 Replies to “Living Water”

  1. What a wonderful devotion, thank you for sharing and for your ministry. Blessings and safe travels, continuing prayers.

  2. Blessings as you share living water with fellow hikers. Continuing prayers for safety and encouragement.
    Granny goodnews

  3. God uses all kinds of things to teach us lessons and remind us of His promises. Thanks for sharing! Praying for you every day!

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