Water Supply

Sep 24, 2018
by JJ Ollerenshaw

John 7:37-38 – On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (NIV)

Canada contains one-third of the world's water supply in its more than 250,000 lakes. When I visit Niagara Falls in Ontario, I am profoundly impressed by the sheer abundance of water. However, like many rural dwellings, our house is on a well. Since we cannot tell how much water is in it, we must conserve water, particularly throughout the summer, while those who live on waterfront properties boast sprinkler systems and lush green lawns.

We tend to take water for granted in Canada — until the well runs dry. At the time of writing, our grass is parched and brown; the earth is dry and hard as rock. Scanning the sky for clouds, we hope and pray for rain. Most of my flowers are perennials, and somehow, they usually survive — but they don't look happy. Annuals are watered sparingly, using dishwater. Every year, the vegetable garden hardly yields enough to make the work worthwhile.

Sometimes, we witness those on city water carelessly hosing their driveways. They swoosh their grass-clippings down the sewers, while we — if we had any grass left to cut — collect and place mown grass around tomato plants in an effort to keep the earth cool and perhaps a little damp.

Our own well water is hard and not good for drinking. We regularly visit a spring to obtain clear, cold water that gushes continuously from the ground. It never stops flowing, not in the coldest winter, nor in the hottest, driest summer. This underground source cannot be turned off. The water is free, and we can take as much as we like.

Some time ago, the township erected a warning sign, advising that we drink at our own risk. In other places, this same underground source has been closed to the public, since there is no guarantee that it will not cause harm. The warning, however, is ignored. The first time when we went, we met an elderly man who said that he'd been drinking this water all his life. We have been filling our containers there for almost thirty years since then.

Like wells in biblical times, our spring is a place to meet and chat. Weather and water are the usual topics. Water is precious. Without it, we cannot live longer than three days. While waiting for the jugs to fill with fresh clean water, I often think of those in distant places who walk miles for filthy, disease-ridden water. In some countries, the rivers are contaminated in ignorance, while the people worship their gods.

Jesus referred to Himself as living water. We were created with a thirst for a relationship with God that only Jesus can satisfy. If we are thirsting for something, yet know not what it is, Jesus alone can quench that thirst. We will stop searching and find rest only when we invite Him into our lives. Amazingly, a personal relationship with Him is so satisfying that we discover that we want more of Him — to know more, to get closer to Him. Like our spring, the Source never dries up. Jesus is always there for us.

Prayer: Oh God of hope, fill us up with joy and peace, so that our believing lives may brim over with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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JJ Ollerenshaw <sandjollie86@gmail.com>
Belleville, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, JJ.


    This is a lovely devotional JJ. Thanks for sharing.
    (Ontario)


    Dear JJ,
    I very much appreciate your devotional.
    I enjoy the “I am’s”: I am the bread of life, the living water, etc
    Keep writing for Jesus’ sake.


    JJ this devotional was Excellent!
    What you wrote about physical water was informative, very interesting, and helpful, then you so beautifully took us to the source of our Living Water, who is none other than Jesus! Very good devotional!


    Just a hint, when we were still in our house and our daughters do the once a year the region sells rain barrels. Actually, the first one was free. If you wanted more you paid for it but had to order it. No problem when it rains. It is good to have rain barrels.
    As long as we do not get what Ottawa area got.
    (ON)


    JJ, thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Your experience with your precious water source reminds me of our rural years on an old fallow farm where our water supply came from a sweet fresh water spring. It usually flowed freely, but one parched year it went dry quite a while after other area springs and wells dried up. We were forced to beg water to fill our jugs from town dwelling friends or buy it in bottles. Now I live in a mobile home park that from time to time must put the residents on water rationing. Then we buy water in bottles for drinking, again. Water is indeed a precious resource, but the Living Water Jesus gives us is truly priceless! Blessings.


    Hey. JJ. Like you, we are well water also. This well is number four and we’ve two holding tanks. It hasn’t rained since early May. Yes. Water is precious. You and I covet lush lawns! We know a certain quality of life comes with water. When Jesus said He is the living water, you and I know exactly what He proclaims. Without Him we’d be dead as if our wells went dry. We’ve had to haul water when in between wells too. Living in Southern California people think we’re so lucky not to pay a water bill and have endless water!
    Contrary, we’re our own utility company!! Thank you for sharing your water appreciation, I would not have expected such in Canada. You have alleviated my envy and preconceived ideas Canada is lush and always green!!
    Physically our need for water shows our spiritual need for a Savior!!
    Hope it rains soon for both of us!!
    (Southern California)

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