Today’s Word: ‘Wells’ as in… we can choose to drink from one of two wells.
I was standing in the Customer Service line waiting to return something when I overheard part of a conversation between two coworkers. Something had happened to one of them the afternoon before, and she was recalling the details. Her friend said, “Send me a text, I want to hear all about it!” The woman replied, “I’ll call you. A text would take forever.”
She then turned toward me. “How can I help you?”
“Wow, sounds like there’s quite a story there.” I replied,
“Yea, there is…” she said. Then she told me this story.
“I was in my car yesterday afternoon and I accidentally pulled out in front of someone. They came right up behind me, laying on the horn. So I pulled over to the side of the road to let them pass, but instead, the guy pulled in behind me, got out, walked up to my window, which was open, and he just spit on me. It was awful.”
We make choices every day.
We can drink from wells that only temporarily satisfy us, wells filled with anger, bitterness, hurt, unkindness and brokenness. When we drink from those wells, crazy things happen. And oddly, we keep returning to those wells thinking that we’ll find some satisfaction.
But like the saying goes, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again.”
Or we can drink from another well which promises life and aliveness. Drinking from this well fills us with love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And when we realize what drinking from this well does for the wellbeing of the entire human race, we discover yet another kind of thirst—a thirst for more and more of that living water.
Long ago, Jesus said to a woman at a well…
“Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
We get to choose.