There’s a well nearby. You’ve probably seen it. It’s in a dusty abandoned town. You wonder who used to live here and why they all left.

Many people have traveled by this well on their journeys through life, but either didn’t notice it, decided not to check it out, or tried it but left for some reason. It doesn’t appear that the well has been used in a long time. You are not even sure if the water is good. The top of the water looks unappetizing . . . . disgusting actually – covered in dust, dirt, germs, bugs and grime. Who would even want to use this well or drink its water? You dip your finger in to just taste it anyways as you realize how thirsty you are, but you only taste the stuff on top. Yuck. You’re not drinking that! But your thirst remains.

You decide to move on. . . . to find something more appealing . . . more appetizing . . . more eye-catching and tasty. You heard there was something better down the road. So you turn your back to the well and head off.

I urge you to come back.

Things are not always what they seem.

There is more to this well than the casual observer and wanderer will ever know.

Let me help you draw up the DEEP water from the well. That is where the best water resides – where the cooler, refreshing, life-giving water is. It is not tainted by the dirt, dust, germs or bugs on top of the water. Nothing has touched this deep water except the bucket and cisterns that are allowed to draw deep into it.

Are you that kind of cistern or vessel?

Are you ready to go deep?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Water from the Well

I am a "water-er". God called me to this . . . to water. I’ve known that for almost 20 years. I haven’t fully understood what it means. . . . what it looks like - but in those 20 years, God has slowly been revealing His plan to me and for me. I have tried to be faithful throughout the years to water where He needed me to. The way I’ve watered and what I have watered with and who I have watered has varied over time. But “who” I am has never changed. Watering is what I am to do!

What does that mean to you? How can I bring water into your life? What am I talking about with this “Well” and the “deep” water?

This water can do many things – different things to different people depending on where they are on their journey. One thing is for sure . . . GOD is the ONLY one that can draw those "vessels" into the DEEP water that is down this well. He is the only one that can bring it out into the light and release it into the world – to be shared – not kept to yourself. What could one person do with all that water?

So that is my mandate – to share the water from the deep part of the well. . . . the lessons that God has taught me in the deep - the words of God that He has filled me with as I went down deep with Him. It seems dark down there sometimes. I have felt alone on the journey down – especially having gone through all the muck and junk on the top of the well. But – WOW – the water below it is so refreshing! It has given me new life! Everything tastes better with this water! Life is better with this water! Nothing has ever been the same! Why did I ever doubt?!

Can I give you some?

Will you take a little and just taste it for me?

What does it taste like at first? Smell it . . . hold it in your mouth . . . swish it around . . . . . swallow it. Then what does it taste like? Any different? . . . . .Keep tasting.

Some of you will just plain refuse to taste it. You cannot possibly imagine that anything from that disgusting well could taste good or be good for you. You will walk away and not even try. Please come back. Please just try a sip. I won’t force you to try it . . . but I will ask. What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain?

Some of you will swish the water around in your mouth to fully taste it. You will evaluate and criticize it – not wanting to believe it’s really drinkable, good-for-you, or even better than the water you have at home. You may even spit it out as it tastes so different than the water you are used to. Pure, filtered, un-tainted water can feel and taste that way. But keep your cup of water. Keep tasting it frequently. Keep coming back for more water to sip. Taste it with other “foods”. Compare how it makes the food taste in your mouth. Does it enhance the food? Or make it taste sour? Taste again.

Some of you have tasted this water before – but maybe only one sip. You never knew where to get more. You’ve been thirsty, but you forgot the way to the well. Let me show you. I’m not the one who will really lead you to the well. We have an all-knowing Guide! I’m just following Him.

Some of you will gulp it right down. You will want more! And some of you won’t want to wait for me to bring you more. . . . You want to go to the well yourself! Do it! Let God help you draw up that water! But remember . . . it’s not just for you. You have to share it!

So who’s thirsty? . . . . . Are you?

You are being called to draw DEEP into this well! You will never regret it!

"With JOY you will draw water from the wells of salvation"
Isaiah 12:3


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