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.
In my growing-up years in Bermuda, included in such primitive living, were water tanks located next to our homes – [not underneath as is the case today] – for the storage of our water supply collected from the roof. We did not have a refrigerator, but an old ice-box 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 in the refrigerator. Alas! True to the adage “where there’s a will, there’s away”, every Bermuda home had a bucket on a rope that could be lowered into 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 …bent, twisted, repaired, bolts thru washer repair kits one on top the other, but always clean and ready for use. Sometimes you had to drink extra fast to beat the bucket emptying itself. Today, we slip to the refrigerator, hold the glass under the spigot and the glass is filled with cool water. It does the job; but let’s face it; it will never match a drink from the old bucket. Nevertheless, I found myself going back to the bucket as frequently as I find myself going to the refrigerator. This water, no matter how good, satisfies only 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.” Jesus said those words to a woman who endeavoring to find satisfaction in life had even gone through five husbands, and was on her way to collect number six. The fleeting pleasures having left her time and again; she is reminded where real satisfaction is found; it is found in Jesus. Monetary pleasures are momentary … physical pleasures are brief… spiritual pleasures are eternal. Choose and follow Jesus Christ… the Water of Life.