Legend has it that a man was lost in the desert,
dying for a drink of water. He stumbled upon an old shack- a ramshackle, windowless, roofless, weather-beaten old shack.
He looked about this place and found a little shade from the heat of the desert sun. As he glanced around, he saw an old, rusty water pump about 15 feet away.
He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handled and began to pump up and down, up and down, nothings came out.
Disappointed, he staggered back. He noticed off the side an old jug.
He looked at it, wiped away the dirt and dust and read the message written on it: “you have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug, my friend. P.S. Be sure you fill the jug again before you leave”
He popped the cork out
from the jug and sure enough there was water. It was almost full of water! Suddenly, he was faced with a decision.
If he drank the water, he could live. Ah, but if he poured all he water in the old rusty pump, maybe it would yield fresh, cool water from deep down in the well- all the water he wanted.
He studied both options. What should he do-pour it into the old pump and take a chance on fresh, cool water or drink what was in the jug and ignore its message? Should he waste all the water on the hope of those flimsy instructions written not telling how long ago?
Reluctantly he poured all the water into the pump. Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Still, nothing came out! Squeak, squeak, squeak. A little began to dribble out, then a small stream flowed, and finally it gushed! To his relief fresh, cool water poured out of the rusty pump. Eagerly, he filled the jug and drank its refreshing contents.
Then he filled the jug for the next traveler. He filled it to the top, popped the cork back on
and added these words to the little note: “Believe me, it really works. You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.
People who risk living like that really soar.
HEBREWS 11:1 NOW FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.
When we trust God and take the chance of relying on Him, He will bless us beyond what we can see with our human perspective. Faith can move mountains.
(no matter problems, we may be facing, God is great! He cares and he provides.)
I realize as I am writing this that there is something that brought me anxiety. I am ready to give it to Him. Why? because He has been there for me many times in the past. God is faithful)
I received permission to share from Intense Illustrations by Jim Burns and Mike Devries"