DIG A WELL---TAKE A SIP!
Yes, we walk through valleys (“elongated depressions between hills and mountains”) where the long stretch of trouble tries to define and confine us. However, we can transform the valley and come out stronger (Ps.84: 6-7). Just dig a well like Isaac did (Gen. 26:17-19). When Isaac was in a valley, he discovered that the wells dug by his dad were now filled with dirt via their familiar enemy. Isaac took ownership of the non-defunct well that promised the life-hydrating, life-giving water he needed, and he and his servants dug the well. Again. Removing the dirt that the enemy had thrown in to restrain the water. A messy business indeed. But he and those around him needed the water. So, he dug a well in that very valley, refusing to just die of thirst. And a spring of fresh, living water flowed (:19). Abba’s child, we’re designed not only to survive valleys but to transform them; our lives are the roads upon which HE travels. So, “On [our] way through the valley of Baca [weeping], [we] stop and dig wells to collect the refreshing spring water, and the early rains fill the pools. [We] journey from place to place, gaining strength along the way; until [we] meet God in Zion” (Ps. 84:6-7). What we do in our valleys matters. And He’s already provided wells of living water for us to help us as we journey. However, when we find that the well is clogged up and the water doesn’t flow, we just need be our powerful and brave selves (He says we are) and re-dig the well, do the dirty work of cleaning out the dirt and lies thrown in, telling us we aren’t going to make it, aren’t enough, just aren’t/can’t (something). Not only can we keep the trouble from defining and limiting us (and reducing our view of God), we can provide water for all those around us, refreshing them, invigorating them., transforming the region.
In a valley? Dig a well! Not only to help yourself but to transform this thirsty world. Sip the Living Water today. It’s good.