This is a recap of one of those conversations that Aunt Carolyn and I had "Behind the Scenes" of The Flowing Well. We've copied some of the actual back and forth from the private Facebook group conversation. As you read these words, please know that our hope is always that The Lord will use these words to relay His message to others. We give Him all the credit and glory for the following words:
Jesus was always looking for someone to share the message of life and hope with.
/ / / Carolyn:
One day Jesus was resting by the well in Samaria at noontime, as a woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her if she would give Him some water to drink. She was startled that He spoke to her.
"Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks some of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water I will give him will become a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. - John 4: 14-15
The translation of the Greek word used for "fountain" in this verse, gives the idea of an artesian well that flows freely.
This blessed me so much, Kevin when I read this, and helped me understand why the Lord kept telling me to name the ministry "The Flowing Well", because that's what receiving Him would be like. Like water that continually pours out on whomever will receive it.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~God says don't think small, He wants to reach the world!! I continually feel the largest audience will be Facebook. He will show the way.
/ / / Kevin:
The continuous nature of the spring bubbling up to eternal life tells me it is a lifetime of thirst-quenching goodness and provision.
In olden days, people would settle beside rivers and entire communities (even large cities) would develop.
It's interesting that I just got through listening to [Brother Brian] Biggers' sermon "The Prosperity Gospel"[originating from the pulpit at The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC] He talks about how when we are walking with the Spirit, there is peace like a river. And he also talked about how Ezekiel saw the river flowing from the temple, and wherever the river went, there was life.
He is an awesome God!
That tells me there will never be a time when He has exhausted His supply of anything that I need, for He IS THE SUPPLY NOT JUST THE SUPPLIER.
/ / / Kevin:
He's made that clear to me before as well. He told me that I would not have a problem coming up with things to write about...that He would supply me with all the content I could publish.The river image to me also says no beginning and no end (when we come to it).
Imagine happening upon a river in the woods. You might not know where it starts or ends, but it flows in front of you continually. And you can drink from it, take from it, or even become one with it and let it carry you.
He gives life. He is life. He carries us through this life and into the life to come.
/ / / Carolyn:
That will preach ! ! !~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
/ / / Kevin:
I can't stop thinking about the river image and how The Flowing Well is meant to provide the continual, thirst-quenching, pouring out of God's Word.
The water from the well takes the shape of the vessel it is being poured into. The Samaritan woman received Jesus' gift of the eternal life-giving water. She began carrying Christ's message in her being. The water met her where she was and formed to her, and in the process became life to her and all whom she told .
Back to the river. The life-giving water has cut through the landscape - Eroding soil and rock to create a new path.
There is so much that gets washed away when we surrender to the flow of God's blessing. When we give up those little pieces of ourselves to become one with Him. It transforms everything it comes in contact with; gradually, but surely.
The life-giving water continually washes past or around or over or through creation. Where we choose to stand and how we choose to interact with it is up to us. But the river keeps on flowing.
Thanks be to God for His goodness even in the rushed five minute sprints of life. So many lives are being transformed ahead of these words He's given us...it's overwhelming how gracious He is.
"The Lord will continually lead you; He will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water." - Isaiah 58:11
Your scripture mentioned "well-watered garden".
I posted the video above right before I began watering my garden tonight.
On my walk earlier today I thought about how we can't see the wind, but we can see evidence of it in the trees blowing.
As I was looking at the flowering tree above my tomato plants tonight, and watering the garden, the wind was blowing.
God revealed to me, ""The wind blows and there I am. The wind blows and does not know I am there. The wind blows and you know that I am here.""
As He revealed the last line, the wind shifted and began blowing directly toward me. The mist from the hose began blowing back on my face , I just stood there for about a minute, just peacefully receiving.
Tonight has been a special night.
There is nothing like His Presence.