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Cleaning Out the Well
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Some of my mother’s relatives lived on a farm. I remember one time when we made a trip to visit them for a few days. As a small boy, this was a new experience for me. They had boys and girls my age and older. I went with them to their daily chores, gathering eggs, milking cows, feeding livestock and chickens.

Getting water was something else. They couldn’t just turn on a faucet. They had to drop a bucket deep into a well. I tried turning the crank to bring up the bucket of water. A hard job for a little boy.

I’ll never forget the day they cleaned out the well. One of the boys got into the bucket, and a bigger boy lowered him into the well. He stood on a ledge, probably 50 or 60 feet down. He sent up many bucketfuls of all kinds of trash—twigs, rocks, dirt, insects, even dead frogs. I didn’t get very thirsty for several days after that.

The Bible says, “…with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). God’s gift of eternal life is described as water in Revelation 22:17: “and whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely."

Clogging Up the Wells

In Bible times, when one nation’s armies attacked another nation, each attacking soldier would throw a stone on every good piece of land, covering it. This made the land unusable for planting crops. Also, they stopped all the wells of water, by throwing in earth and debris.

If you are a follower of God, you can drink of the water of eternal life. When you do this, you become a well of life to others. But sometimes the well of your life may get stopped up. Stopped up by the things of this world. Things like sin and so-called worldly pleasures.

Stopped wells need to be cleaned out. The Bible says, “And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham” (Genesis 26:18).

Why not ask Jesus to come into your life today? When Jesus comes in, He will clean out the well of your heart. Then the pure, fresh, sweet love of God will flow into your life, and through you, flow out to others around you.

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