Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paula's Ponderings -- Living Water

We have an interesting water system at our house here in Lubango. Since we are not connected to city water, we have our own 3000 liter tank in our backyard with an electric water pump to get water into the house. The tank is filled by calling a company that brings water to the house. We do have to watch the water level in the tank, so that we don’t run out of water. Two times recently, when we realized that we were low on water and called for the truck to come fill our tank, it took them a couple of days to get to us. By the time the truck arrived to fill our tank we were out of water. We always keep a container of water for emergencies and I also keep an extra supply of filtered drinking water. But still, being out of water was a little worrying – several of the things I wanted to do required water – washing dishes, doing laundry, watering plants, mopping the floor. Plus just the fact of not having water is worrying. So we were really happy to see the water truck when it arrived.

(Interesting twist: the next time we called ahead for water to allow a couple of days for the truck to get here, they were here within two hours!)

Water truck
Filling our tank

This got me to thinking about living water:

If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you Living Water. —John 4:10

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. —John 4:14

Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! —John 7:37-38

Just as a cool drink on a hot day refreshes our body, Living Water refreshes our souls with the renewing and refreshing of the presence of the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful that this Living Water is available to me and I don’t have to worry about it running out!