“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:14 (The Message).
A few years ago, Shelle and I lived out in the country near the amazing little village of Rosebush. This was our first experience with country livin’. Our house was situated on the corner of a square mile of farm land where soy beans and corn were grown in rotation. I have lived most of my life in cities or big towns, so there were a few surprises along the way. There was the smell of the organic manure in the springtime (it sort of grows on you after awhile), my neighbors cow that got loose and was running around our yard and the large population of mice that visited our home. But one of the big surprises was our water.
I have always grown up with city water. You turn on the tap the water comes out. Where does it come from? Nobody knows–the magical underground pipes bring the water from somewhere. But in the country you don’t have city pipes that bring the water. You have a well. I remember when we were getting ready to move in someone told me that we had well water. I was picturing myself carrying a wooden buck of water from the kind of well that Jack and Jill would have used. I had alot to learn. I discovered that it was not that kind of well and was told that it was a special kind of well called an artesian well, sometimes called a “flowing well.” And flow it did–all day, non-stop, seven days a week.
Most of these spring fed waters were sent to every part of our house with the help of a little air compressor. The rest of the water flowed into a small crock in our unfinished basement and the excess was pumped into our backyard– that is, until the pump broke. In a matter of minutes the crock filled up with water and began overflowing onto the concrete floor. From there the water covered the entire basement floor and then began filling the room with water. It took us two days before we discovered that the flowing well was slowly filling our basement with water. Talk about overflow! When we finally went down stairs the flow of water had filled the entire basement floor and the water was almost a foot deep. So, we put our daughter in her bathing suit and went swimming in the overflow. No just kidding, I waded through the water and got the pump working again. That was a surprise! Imagine if we had been gone on vacation! How deep would it have gotten?
When Jesus spoke about the springs of living water flowing from within us, he was describing an endless, unstoppable well of grace that flows into our lives. God’s design is that we would tap into his spring of living water and that we would be filled to overflowing with it. When it comes to a flooded basement, pumping out the water is a pretty good idea to say the least. However when it comes to our lives, the Bible teaches that we ought to let the flow of God fill our lives to overflowing.
The Apostle Paul challenges us this way regarding the spiritual life, “may you know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” We live in a world where there are so many things we can turn to to fill up our life and yet we also live in a world where there are so many people who feel a gnawing sense of emptiness. We also live in a world where there is pain and brokeness. In fact, you may be facing something so difficult that you question whether God even has the ability to bring change. Here is the good news of the gospel, God has infinite capacity to fill our lives with all that we need to experience the full life–the life that overflows with joy, goodness, love and contentedness. The key is being willing to tap into that flow.
How tapped in are you to God’s flow? Did you start your day by drawing from that endless well? How about right now? Are you pursuing a life where God is your central priority and source of abundance? Maybe today you use this verse to invite God to be your life-spring this day–that you might discover the life of overflow.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13