The Capitol holds absolute power over the rest of the nation where Katniss lives. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
To help prepare her both physically and mentally for the games, a mentor named Haymitch is assigned to Katniss.
“Run. Find Water. And Stay Alive.”
Those were Haymitch’s final instructions before she was sent into the arena of the Hunger Games.
Katniss enters in to the arena and immediately runs into the woods after grabbing a backpack of supplies. She runs for hours upon hours. She becomes so exhausted and dehydrated that she nearly dies. She remembers Haymitch’s words though, and she is determined to find water. When she does, it literally saves her life. It wouldn’t have mattered if she were the strongest of the tributes, the fastest, the bravest, or the smartest. If she didn’t have water, she would have died, and all of her talents would have gone to waste.
Are we not JUST like Katniss Everdeen? Young women. Chosen. In a battle. And given instruction. In this spiritual battle, there is good, and there is evil. There is light and there is dark. And there is only ONE fate for us: death or life. Our top priority in this battle is to FIND WATER.
Jesus says to the Samaritan woman in that “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4). Jesus Christ is our water for survival. Jesus Christ is our key to eternal life. Without the water of Jesus Christ, we will die of thirst.
We are living in a “dry and weary land where there is no water,” and our soul should thirst for the Lord like David’s did in Psalm 63. One of the best aspects of this living water, in my opinion, is that it is completely FREE. Revelation 21:6 says, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” This free water is a beautiful gift, and it should be shared!
When Katniss finds the water, she thinks, “It is all I can do not to plunge my face into the water and gulp down as much as I can hold.” Like Katniss, we should submerge ourselves in this water that is hydrating, clean, pure, refreshing, and essential for life.
One of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves now is: “Where can I find this water?” This water is a flowing fountain found in the word of God. Found in Jesus Christ. The pages of God’s precious words are refreshing, clean, pure, hydrating, and essential for life.
Even if you are the strongest. The fastest. The smartest. The bravest. With incredible talents and abilities. If you don’t have life – if you don’t have water – none of it will matter. Come to Jesus for the water that has the ability to quench your thirst forever, and give you life that will last for eternity.