Please, do yourself a favor and go read this post on What it Means to Boil Water before reading any further on here. It will truly convict, uplift and challenge your spirit, or at least it did mine. Every day, and and I mean every day we get so wrapped around this concept of needing more, we are constantly seeking more income, more entertainment, and more comfort that keeps us happy in our day to day life. It's not that all these things are bad, they can be good. It's good to seek prosperity for your family, to take care of them the best you can, and it is good to laugh, and enjoy being entertained, it is good to enjoy food, and making your home comfortable. But as a culture, we have been given so much that a lot feels like a little to us, and nothing is ever enough. I am speaking very personally here, this is me. But I think we can all relate. If you read Joy's post on Kevin and Christine you would see how rich they are made through something as simple as boiling water. Not once, until now have I ever got up in the morning to boil my water for coffee and thought about how blessed I am to turn on the sink and have clean water flow. It's just not something we, as a culture are conditioned to think about. Kevin walks for miles to get water, which is boiled on a stove made from clay, heated by burning sticks in a mud hut. Neither she, or her sister ask for more. They are satisfied by water, because unlike me in my kitchen, and in my world where water has lost it's value, to them water is everything. In water they see their cookies and tea, their boiled beans, their source of comfort and nourishment. While they have so little in this world, they are rich in spirit. They find reasons to laugh and be joyful despite their challenges and they have the ability to see the value of something as simple as boiled water. These people are truly lovely. I would be honored to share a cup of tea with Kevin and Christine, to for even one moment share the simple blessing of boiled water.
"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." John 4:14