Wednesday, April 5, 2017
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Parker Palmer
You don’t get too many days like yesterday but then you don’t need too many. What a blessing and a joy yesterday was. By the way, I’m feeling much better and my face no longer frightens small children—thanks for all your prayers, but back to yesterday. I’ve said this was an oral culture and word spreads quickly. We didn’t have to put up a sign or tell anyone about the well, they already knew. When we unlocked the gate at nine in the morning, there were about a dozen people waiting with over twenty containers. Adults, children, and there was even a goat one woman brought along. You can see from the picture at the right that the water was a big hit. One woman asked John how much we were charging. John told her just to give whatever she wanted to her church—there was no charge for the water. Hearing the laughter and seeing the joy as our neighbors came and went brought tears to our eyes. I was wrong about the size of the tank. Instead of 1,000 liters (250 gallons) it is a 2,000 liter tank, so the water lasted for both the morning and afternoon hours. Karen went out to her school to tell her teachers to bring containers and they could take home water every day. The teachers applauded—this is a big deal here. I know that after a while it will become ordinary again, and we will have to deal with broken faucets and need to make repairs, but for now, it’s one of the most exciting things to happen in this neighborhood in quite a while. And it’s exciting in a good, glorious, and God-given way. We didn’t make the water, we just helped get it from where it was to where it needed to be. For most of us, that’s all that God really asks us to do. Get what God has given to where it needs to be. Thanks to John, we did that here yesterday and will be doing it for some time to come. I think if you think for a bit, you can find blessings from God that aren’t where they need to be and can get to work changing that. You can do that, can’t you?