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Digging a Well in Your Desert

Quotable Quote

“Your task is to dig wells in your desert.”

Eugene Peterson

My brother Mark drills wells, water wells, for a living. I have one of his discarded drill bits –  it makes for a great paperweight, a really big and heavy paperweight!

Wherever people live they need water. Digging a well anywhere is challenging enough (that’s what my brother tells me) but to drill a well in a desert has got to be the greatest of all challenges.

We can all describe certain times in our lives that were desert experiences, times when life was dreary or even draining and there seemed to be little refreshment or renewal available. We can wish life were like a Garden of Eden where everything is lush and good. Someday, God promises us in His Bible, that the new heaven and new earth will be this way. But, for now, we live between that long ago Garden of Eden and that future new heaven and earth; for now we live in a fallen world that is often more like a desert than anything else.

People can find some measure of refreshment in a variety of ways – watch a movie, take a nap, solve a puzzle, watch sports, go out to eat, and the list goes on. Such efforts work, sort of.

There is, however, a way to dig wells in our deserts that really works. Jesus made it clear that our ultimate refreshment comes from the One who gave us life in the first place. Yes, the One who gave us life is the One who can refresh us in life. Jesus said to a woman with whom He had a conversation at a well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Here, then, is the way to look at it: When we invite Christ to be at the very center of our being, at the core of who we are, then He’s within us. We don’t have to go looking for renewed energy from somewhere else. He is our refreshment, re-hydrating us with Himself. He is our well within. Go deep with Him, again and again!

“Your task is to dig wells in your desert.”