Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Until Your Well Runs Dry or Your Foot Valve Goes Bad

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14
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You know, you never miss your water until your well runs dry...or your foot valve goes bad. I was out of water here at my house for a couple of days. At first I didn't know what was going on. I was hoping my well hadn't gone dry. That would have been a much more difficult problem to solve. But I couldn't know until someone who knew what they were doing could come by and look at it. Finally someone did. He figured out very quickly that it was the foot valve that had gone bad. Its a device at the end of the line at the bottom of the well that allows water to be pumped up out of the well but won't let the water flow back into the well. He fixed it. I watched. Problem solved. Lesson learned.

  In addition to learning what a foot valve is and how it works, I was also reminded of how we use water so much in our daily lives. Drinking, bathing, brushing teeth, washing clothes, cooking, washing cars, watering flowers, and so on. Water is such a part of living; it even makes up about 70% of our bodies, yet I realize how much I take it for granted. Sure, I was able to get some water to do what we I needed to do, but my life was hindered considerably all because of a lack of running water. I can't even begin to tell you how glad I was when that water started flowing into my house again.

   There is something even more necessary for living than water, or I should say someone. God is everywhere all the time, which is great because we need Him everywhere all the time. There would be no plumber to fix my foot valve if it were not for God. There would be no foot valve to fix if it were not for God. In fact there would be no water in the ground for us to dig a well if it were not for God. Yet, I'll be the first to admit that I go through parts of my day not even thinking of Him. I have received blessing and didn't thank Him. I have needed help and failed to call on Him. I have had questions and didn't think to ask Him. I have basked in His glory and delayed in giving Him praise. Shame on me for that, because I know where I would be without the Lord...I would not be.

   I am so glad that I will never have live with out Him, and never again will I have to experience a relationship without Him. Not only because He exists around me, but also because He lives within me. And for that well of water, I am truly grateful.

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