22nd June 2020
Water is an essential resource to sustain life.
We can go weeks with food but only days without water before we die.
We tend to take it for granted, particularly when all most of us have to do, these days
is to turn on a tap and out it comes.
Although having lived on a boat for a few years,
I learnt to conserve water particularly when cruising.
I must confess that I am not so careful about that now
having been back on dry land for a while.
In the Holy land, as in many other hot, dry countries,
access to water is of prime importance.
In Biblical times, in the hot dry climate of Israel,
wells were all about life; they were significant places of interest.
In ancient times the well was both symbolically,
and often literally, located at the centre of the community.
From the well, the community drew water, the basic sustenance for life;
without it animals wouldn't thrive and crops wouldn't grow.
People would be overwhelmed by thirst and life would become unsustainable.
Without water what you have is a desert.
That's all clear and fairly obvious.
But wells represent much more besides the above.
To possess a well was to be independent
and wells were often inherited from previous generations
so they spoke of the right to live in a given place.
To own a well and to possess the surrounding country
were synonymous terms (Proverbs 5:15-17).
A new well, therefore, was a symbol of blessing and establishment.
Abraham dug wells near Gerar.
An angel found Hagar at a well, in the Sinai, Beer Lahai Roi (Genesis 16).
Jacob, in a similar fashion to his father, Isaac, located his wife, besides a well.
Jesus revealed who He was to the Samaritan woman besides Jacob's well.
This was the same well inherited by Joseph.
It is no coincidence that the subject of discussion
between the Lord and this woman besides the well was "living water." (John 4:6)
'On the last and greatest day of the festival,
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. John 7:37
Jesus is the well which will never dry up;
from which flows streams of living water.
35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
He is all we need for spiritual wellbeing.
But what kind of well are we?
After spending an hour in conversation with us,
what will a person leave with,
gloom and negativity or love and inspiration to serve God?
The things that come out from our inner beings depend on the kind of well within.
May the Lord fill our lives with wells of blessing,
love and goodness so that we can pass them on to others in Jesus' name.