During the past couple of weeks, the water and/or electricity have been off at our house several times. Sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for the entire day. The longest period was over this weekend… no water or electricity for two full days. We never know when this will occur. We just turn on the faucet and nothing comes out.
I have noticed several feelings that this evokes in me each time:
· It always seems to take me by surprise and I am shocked to be without water again.
· It is always a disappointment to me and causes me a slight feeling of depression.
· I am suddenly “in need” of water for various reasons… there are vegetables that need to be washed, I need to cook, laundry needs to be done, we are desperately in need of showers, the plants are wilting, the dishes are dirty, etc.
Having just recently moved to this remote, rural mountain community, I am learning just how much I have always taken some things (modern conveniences) for granted – like running water that I can count on to always be “running”.
It also dawns on me that I often take Christ for granted –my Living Water. He is always there, always available, always working, always flowing. What if, one day, I woke up and found out that He had been cut off from me? That the valve to my Living Water had been closed? Would I be taken by surprise? Would it cause me disappointment and depression?
Would I suddenly realize just how much I need Him? Just how much I want Him? Just how much I take His presence for granted? Thank Heavens that I don’t need to worry about that ever occurring!
Father – may I always be conscious of you. May I always be connected.
And may I continually remember the presence of my Living Water.
PS… my husband just informed me that (Surprise!) we don’t have water again… seriously.
(This blog was written in November. As of today, our community has been without running water for over a month. The project to replace the community water main has been slow and difficult and has not gone as planned. As I post this note, Billy is outside digging with a pickaxe to replace the water lines to our house... he will need to dig approximately 100 yards from our faucet to the new water main so the "powers that be" can come and connect the pipe. He is digging through Andes rock... pray for him! Hopefully, we will have water within the week.)
Who am I? In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a Southern Living / Martha Stewart wannabe, a soccer mom, and a short term mission team coordinator / intern director for missions in Mexico... you name it, I probably tried it!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! We have three incredible children... two adult boys who live in Texas, and the Sarah (14) lives with us in whatever country we are serving. I'm still teaching, still taking photos, still leading teams and mentoring, I just do it all in full-time service now! And I'm working hard at giving Southern Living and Martha Stewart a run for their money! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers and immigrant peoples, writing, and trying to figure out what life looks like for a Texas girl serving Christ in Southern Europe. Life in His service is AWESOME! I'm happy to share it with you here... Enjoy!