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.
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.
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!