Many of us can well remember when our homes consisted of 2, 3, or 4 rooms and a path. Amazingly, we survived such “primitive conditions” and actually adjusted psychologically with what appears to be balance.
During my growing-up years in Bermuda, included in such primitive living was the water tank located next to our home for the storage of our water collected from rain on the roof (today the storage tanks are beneath the homes). We did not have a refrigerator but an old icebox in which we placed ice… when the pocket book could afford it. So you can see, there was the absence of a cold glass of water.
Alas, true to the adage “where there’s a will, there’s a way, every Bermudian home had a bucket on a rope that could be lowered in the tank. Pulling up a bucket of that cool water and drinking long and heartily, your need was met immediately. By the way, you should have seen some of those buckets. They were bent, twisted, repaired, bolted through washer repair kits one on top the other– but always clean and ready for use. Usually we had to drink extra fast to beat the bucket from emptying itself.
Of course, today we slip to the refrigerator, hold the glass under a built-in faucet and fill it with cool water. It does the job but it will never match a drink from the old bucket. I found myself going back to the bucket as often as I find myself going to the refrigerator. Water, no matter how good, only satisfies for a period of time.
I refer to John 4:13, 14: “…Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life eternal life.” Jesus said these words to a woman who, endeavoring to find satisfaction in life had even gone through five marriages and was on her way to number six. Though fleeting pleasures had left her time and again, she was reminded that real satisfaction is found only in Jesus. Monetary pleasures are momentary. Physical pleasures are brief. Spiritual pleasures are eternal. Choose Jesus Christ… the Water of Life.