“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38
Water is the most important physical substance on this earth and we take it so for granted. 1.5 billion people do not have safe drinking water around the world and I live in one of those countries and 4 million people die each year from water related diseases. Many times these people in Indonesia, Africa, and other countries are forced to drink water that is not safe, because they have no other choice. Drink now and be filled for the moment and risk diseases or to be thirsty. Not only this, but did you realize how precious water to your body and to this earth that God created. Seventy-five percent of our planet is covered with water, but we can only use 2% of that water due to it being too salty. Because of water’s high specific heat, it can keep the earth’s fluctuations in temperature on land or at sea within limits that is favorable for life. Seventy-five percent of the human body is made up of water and 90 percent of human blood is water as well. Water transports food and oxygen to different cells in our body. It flushes out the bad things from our bodies, it is a lubricant for our joints so we can move comfortably, etc. In daily life, we need water to grow food, fishing, washing clothes, bathing, washing dishes, and so much more.
Water…it is truly one of the most important things in our lives. “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” Isaiah 41:17 I praise God for His provision over the last month for my helper and her husband with physical water. Starting at the beginning of February, my helper came to me with tears in her eyes telling me that they almost had no water left in their well. They literally had 2 meters of water, which would last around 2-3 days here, in America it would not be enough water for probably even a ¼ of a day in the US. And in order to fix and dig the well deeper it going to cost at least 8 juta (around $900) and could be even more. I have never understood in my life how important water is and have prayed for my helper to have water for the day to be able to daily take care of her needs and He keeps answering my prayer. However, this is only temporary and here we are coming upon in a few months dry season and then water is rare and if you do not have water from the country you must preserve water for the summer. In order for my helper and her family to have water for the dry season they must do this now. Please pray for provision for her family, because 8 juta is a lot. Please pray that God would provide the money and pray for him to show us how to help them without hurting them. God has blessed greatly and we are so grateful, but how we give to the poor is so important. Please pray for us as we are seeking to what and how God would have us to help the poor. If you want more information on this you can read a book Bryn and are reading right now called, “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.”
Throughout this time of praying due to lack of physical water with my helper God has been teaching me how important living water from Him is. Jesus said in John 4:14, “…but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Our living water flows out of us and our living water is the most important things in our life that is not physical. For without him, we have no life, we are dry and thirsty and searching and dying. So many people around this world are not only lacking physical water to satisfy, but they are missing the living water. During this time, please pray for God to be made known to my helper’s family and many in this country who may be seeking for physical water, help them as they search to find the living water and the one who provides the physical water and our everyday needs. Without the Living Water I would be nothing. Please pray that I flow even with lack of language with the living water and that those around us who lack living water would see that this living water is what they are searching for, not what they have been told all of their lives, but the water that will flow from their lives if they will only let Him come in and capture their hearts and let him be the water they are looking for.