When we first moved to our “home on the hill” about ten years ago I didn’t think about the implications of watering the lawn and doing laundry at the same time. I had lived in the “big city” all my life and water was always available. So when the water started coming out murky I immediately turned off the hose and didn’t do any more laundry that day (I actually had to re-wash a load the next day.) I had unknowingly allowed the source of our well water to drop to dangerous levels. I learned my lesson and haven’t had any problems since then.
Until last Wednesday… when our well stopped working.
My husband was in the shower, all soaped up, and the water quit running. No hot water… no cold water… no water at all. After a quick assessment he knew we had no option but to contact the well company. Fortunately a representative came out the next morning, assessed the problem, and scheduled a time to return the next day to repair the well pump. We would be without running water almost 60 hours. No hot water to wash the dishes, no doing laundry, no running water to wash your hands, brush your teeth or get a drink of water and the “fun” of manually filling the toilet tank.
You don’t realize how much you take something for granted until it’s no longer available.
A friend had generously allowed us to fill big buckets with water from their source so we could provide our animals with water and fill the toilet tank. It was incredibly hard to remember to not flush the toilet every time we used it. I can’t count the number of times I turned on the kitchen or bathroom faucet only to be reminded we didn’t have running water.
All because we weren’t able to get to the source.
Our connection to God can dry up as well. Life is busy. Work demands long hours. We’re exhausted by getting up too early and going to bed too late. We are pulled in multiple directions each and every day. Groceries have to be purchased. Laundry has to be done. Kids have to be chauffeured. The list goes on and on an on. So our lives become like a desert, dry and barren.
But there is a source which will never dry up – a source of life, truth, peace and love – and it’s yours for the taking.
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:13-14 MSG
This source will sustain you for eternity. He will fill you when you are at your lowest. He will meet you exactly where you are. And He doesn’t have to schedule a time to connect with you – Jesus is always available.
Our well is producing water again, in fact the source is stronger than it’s ever been. And we are super grateful. For the source of the well water, as well as the creator and true source of the physical and spiritual water – Jesus.
So when you start to feel like you’re running dry, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to re-connect with the true source.
I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts about how you re-connect to the true source when you begin to run dry.