June 16, 2011
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What can keep us going when all that is around us is draining us? While touring the Holy Land years ago I recall seeing a long tunnel of over 1,700 feet that had been built by the great king Hezekiah around 700 B.C. The tunnel was cut through rock to bring water from the Gihon spring outside the city to a place within the walls of the city. With a continual supply of flowing water within its walls the city was in a far greater position to defend itself against a prolonged assault.
On this blog I recently had a post about the time Jesus told a woman at a well, “Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) He was sharing with her how He could be an unending, unquenchable, source of refreshment for people.
We face all kinds of dry times in life. Problems, people, and even possibilities can dehydrate our souls. We need an ultimate source of refreshment and this can be none other than God, the only inexhaustible source of energy in the universe. This doesn’t means we don’t need the affirmation and help of others. We do. Relationships require give and take, and when someone takes more than they give it’s no fun for the one on the short end. But in the end, at the end of the day, our ultimate source needs to be God.
Living each day with this truth is key. If we fixate on our lack then we’re contributing to our own defeat. It’s when we focus on God as our ultimate supply that we can best deal with this imperfect life. It doesn’t take us out of our desert experience, but such a way of looking at each day can help us get through our desert! When we have the Lord within we have a flow of refreshment that will see us through!
(photo I took of a bubbling aerator at the pond in the Toledo Botanical Gardens)