“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
And as we drink from this eternal spring— which is the living Word of God in us —we become attuned to a level of intelligence which is both deeper and higher and in every respect more profound than “our own insight” (i.e. the cleverness of the ‘carnal’ or ‘egoic’ mind). Indeed, as we begin to receive that anointing of the Spirit that guides us into all truth (John 16:13), we learn to interact with others as equals, forging relationships founded on mutual respect and consideration, instead of manipulation or coercion. Moreover, in that awareness of Divine presence that is characteristic of the mind of Christ, we tend to be intuitively and optimally aware of our circumstances without becoming fearful and obsessive about things which might possibly go wrong. And insofar as the world continues to appear threatening, we are prepared to take up our cross and embrace God’s will for our lives, whatever the turn of events. Over time, we learn that there is nothing to be gained by taking our eyes off the Lord so as to attend to the wind and waves around us; nothing to be gained by depending on our own efforts instead of the power of the Spirit that is ours through faith in Christ.