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.)
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
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! 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 via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!