When the Well Runs Dry...
Fifteen years ago, when I moved my family to Central Oregon so that I could help Dave Hunt start The Berean Call, I bought a house that required a well for its water supply. The well was one of the highlights of my life in this high desert country. I loved being refreshed by its pure, icy-cold goodness, crystal clear, filtered through miles of lava rock, and now gushing through our faucets even on the hottest summer days.
But there was a nagging fear that ran through my mind every once in a while: what if it dries up? As I witnessed that event taking place on nearby properties in our rapidly growing community and learned of the exorbitant costs of digging deeper or digging elsewhere (all with no guarantees, at $500-plus an hour), my fears of experiencing that situation increased.
Coincidentally (or perhaps not), as I started reading through the Book of Job a few days ago, my well went dry.
The next day I came across the verse that ran through my mind when first told the bad news that my water level was below my well pump: "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me..." (Job:3:25).
I've learned some valuable things in this recent experience that others may find encouraging: 1) What we fear in our imagination is nearly always far worse than the reality of an event. That's one of the reasons we are told to "cast down the imagination" that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians:10:5). 2) Trusting in the Lord isn't a guarantee that certain things won't happen, but it is a guarantee that He will work things out to His glory and for our growth and blessing. 3) I've learned, through seeing the Lord work in our situation, that drinking from a well in no way compares with drinking from the Rock (1 Corinthians:10:4).