THE GATHERING AROUND THE WATER FOUNTAIN

I shared a few photos of my screened-in porch earlier this week. It is one of my favorite things about our house, and I love sitting out there in the morning, throughout the day, and in the afternoons. Basically, other than sleeping and cooking, I could stay out there all day.

The patio outside my screened-in porch is not huge. It is probably 40 ft long, but only about 20 ft wide. Right in the middle of the patio sits a large rock square with a large water fountain. It is a pretty feature but takes up a ton of space and doesn’t leave much room for other activities.

We bought our house last April, so the previous owners had already opened the fountain and treated it to keep algae from building up. We continued to use the treatment for the rest of the year, and the water stayed nice and clear.

When we opened the fountain this year, the bottle we used to treat the algae was empty. Joe placed an order for it, but when it came in, we were in the middle of trying to figure out how to turn the wood fire pit into a gas fire pit. So, we set the bottle aside and promptly forgot about it.

Before long, we started noticing a few bees swarming around the fountain. I wasn’t that happy to see bees since I was afraid they would sting me when I was outside. However, it didn’t take long to notice that they paid no attention, even when I moved rocks around in the fountain.

Then, I started seeing LOTS of bees, so evidently, they went back and told all of their little bee friends that the fountain was open for business. Next came the birds who love taking baths in the bottom section. I’m not sure what creatures come around at night, but I’ve seen a chipmunk, a squirrel, and a hummingbird.

While watching all the activities around the fountain, I started thinking about how everyone would gather around wells back in biblical times. These wells were a source of life; everyone would come from the surrounding area to draw water to drink, cook with, take baths, and water their animals. It was hard work bringing up the buckets of water since they are heavy, and then you had to manage to get the water home without it spilling.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about the Samaritan woman at the well. If you recall the story of the woman at the well, you will remember that the woman was astonished that Jesus would speak to her since she was a Samaritan and also because she was a woman.

John 4:9

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

The thought of a man talking to a Samaritan woman was a big deal, but she was really shocked at Jesus’ following words.

John 4:10-13

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Color, wealth, sex, language, dress, or lifestyle was not what mattered to Jesus; He loved everyone. While I get immense pleasure watching the animals come to get a drink of water from my fountain, I can’t imagine the pleasure the Lord gets when we go to Him for His living water.

Come join the gathering at THE well, it will never run dry, and you will never be thirsty again.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Becky wrote:

    I love your Sunday devotionals! I seem to have been dropped from your mailing list. I have not received your blog for several days.

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Becky, it tells me that the email bounced. I went in and re-added you, so hopefully it will fix the issue.

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  2. Melanie wrote:

    Beautiful illustration!

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  3. Mary Cupp wrote:

    *blog. 😂

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  4. Mary Cupp wrote:

    Love your fountain. Mine are just bird baths.. we love our screened in back porch. We love to eat out there and watch all the animals. Enjoy your while weather is good. Love your blood.

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  5. Ginger Hiller wrote:

    Simply perfect and beautiful!

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  6. Cheryl wrote:

    I’m new to your blog and love this. The NIV translation of the Bible makes it so easy to read and understand God’s Word. I would also recommend the Quest Study Bible for those wishing to explore even further; it has helped me understand the Bible even more. Thank you for your fun blogs about clothes and especially your thoughts on God.

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  7. Diane wrote:

    God bless you Tania. Thank you so much for these posts, and please tell us what version of the Bible you are quoting, because I like that it’s in plain English instead of convoluted translation of ancient Hebrew.

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Most of the time I use the NIV version. It would be rare for me to use another version.

      Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  8. Penny Jo wrote:

    I share your love of a screen porch and marveling at the backyard creatures. This is my devotional time and I think the birds’ songs add to this special time. Thank you as always for your Sunday posts!

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I love listening to their sounds. While I was writing this post, the brightest yellow bird flew around the fountain 4 out 5 times. He couldn’t seem to find a spot to land, and then finally flew off. He was gorgeous.

      Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  9. Donna Van wrote:

    I love that you are a strong believer of Jesus Christ and not ashamed to talk about him. I enjoy all the tips you give for older women. I’m 71 but I feel younger when I read your blogs. To God be the glory! Donna from Texas

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Donna, Surround yourself with people Who make you feel better about yourself! 😊

      Posted 6.26.22 Reply
  10. Robin wrote:

    Wow…..great writing.
    Bless you.

    Posted 6.26.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Robin! I hope you have a great day.

      Posted 6.26.22 Reply
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