It is amazing how God opens up themes in our lives and takes us deeper. Just over two months ago, Karl was retrenched. We felt that God was preparing us for a whole new season. We set aside some time to seek God and felt that this time was about unblocking the wells. Here is some of the journey of wells I have been on.
Jesus told us that we have wells of life giving water within us, flowing up to everlasting life!
"…the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:14
Sometimes the enemy of our hearts comes to block up these wells. God desires to unblock the wells of our hearts. How do we do this? Return to First Love.
We become very busy and forget to draw from our wells. Over time these can become blocked up with the stones of forgetfulness. We don’t make time to rest with God. We can become too focused on work and lose sight of the God of the work. We need to return to our First Love. I felt God really highlight this scripture not so long ago. With tears I read Revelations 2: 5, "Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first." I felt Jesus drawing my heart into a deeper connection once again. Jesus lifts the stones out so that the pure, fresh life giving water can really flow.
In Bible times, the well was people’s main water source and was most often found outside the town along the main road. Many had to walk a mile or more for their water. They came to draw water in the morning and evening. This was the best place to meet new friends and chat with old ones. We need to leave the busy place and draw daily from His Spirit water. His wells are a place of friendship with God and others. When we draw of Him on a daily basis, we will not thirst. "…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst." John 4:14 I was chatting about this with Karl a few weeks ago, and he spoke about Jesus being our fresh bread as well, the Bread of Life. We can both eat and drink of Him everyday. A few minutes later, I read on a huge billboard advertising sign, Fresh bread baked daily! I said, That's it! Jesus wants to be our fresh bread and the water we draw from everyday!
Let's just look at that for a bit. What is it to draw daily from the wells of God? It means we place such a high priority on what we need to survive spiritually, because we just can't live without that water. Have you ever been without water for a day? Well, imagine the toxins in your body trying to get out, your tongue gets thicker, your body slower... and the headache! How about our spirit man? We all know what it feels like to thirst for God and to feel so dry and in a spiritual desert. How do we draw from that water so our spiritual life can really thrive? We can swim in the wells of His presence.
I was thinking about really listening to Jesus, what is that like? "This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him!" Matthew 17:5. I remind myself I have two ears to practice that listening, and one mouth. So I can tune down the talking part, and turn up the dial on my ears! There is an amazing statue at Kirstenbosch gardens. It is of a face with a huge opening where the eye is, you can see through this "eye" to the gardens below, such a beautiful sight! The mouth is so tiny, you really have to look for it. It is called "See more, speak less". So, we look to see what God is showing us wherever we are in our day. When we ask him to show us how to see with His eyes, what is normal can suddenly become supernatural! An advertising billboard can suddenly become a message from God!
We read in His word, not because we have to, not out of obligation, but because we come to relate, we are romancing our God and feeling His romance through the pages of the Spirit sword. We let the words flow over us like waters and just meditate on a few sentences, or, we read the Bible like a novel and get new insights from the Holy Spirit even though we may have read it many times before. Isn't it amazing how God does this?
As we spend time with friends, sharing and praying together, we can be the touch of God to each other. And worship? We can worship with each breath, just a conscious knowing that He is here, and practicing the Presence as we drink and drink again. These are just a few ways we can draw from the well. There are so many more. The important thing is, the drinking of it. That the water is free flowing. And, it flushes out the toxins of this hectic life we are living. We can ask God to just drench us in His Spirit. I've heard and read of people who are just intoxicated with His love and live there. I can say Amen to that! That is what I want!