My husband and sons tend to remember big moments in life based on football games…”Oh that was the year the Cowboys beat the Chiefs”, etc. Moments of my life tend to be marked with music….I remember things and events of the past and I can tell you what music was playing, sort of like a soundtrack to my life, you might say? I can remember riding in the car as a kid listening to 8 track tapes on the stereo. One tape my parents used to play was one by the Oak Ridge Boys. My brother and I used to giggle singing along to “Elvira” and the like. One song on the tape they used to play went a little something like this (you have to imagine the Oak Ridge Boys singing here) “Dig, Dig (high pitched voice), Dig (deep bass voice) a little deeper in the well son, dig a little deeper in the well…if you want a good, cold drink of water, you’ve got to dig a little deeper in the well.”
A recent bible study I have been doing (“Steadfast Love” by Lauren Chandler) talks in one section about cisterns and how they were used in biblical times. Cisterns were man-made wells that were cut deeply into rock for holding water. Once these cisterns were no longer useful for holding water, they were converted into tombs, torture chambers and prisons. Jeremiah 2:13 says this, “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
I have done this so often in my own life – looked to things and people for fulfillment, love, security, sustenance when Jesus Christ is the only one that can fill our empty places with living water that truly satisfies. When we continue to seek what only He can give in any other place or thing besides Jesus, these broken wells will eventually become prisons for us. Even when we are longing for the Lord to rescue us and it feels like we are in a desert, we can know that God uses our desert seasons to reveal our broken cisterns to us so that He can bring us to a place where we can find satisfaction in nothing else but Him – our well of living water.
When we read about the woman at the well in the Bible, we learn that she went to draw water during the hottest part of the day. Water was usually drawn in the evenings or early mornings, but this woman timed her trip to the well carefully in order to avoid having to interact with others who would shame her for her lifestyle and for who she was. During the hottest (desert) part of the day, this woman met Jesus. He told her everything she ever did and then offered her the one thing that could set her free: living water. She accepted his gift and it changed her life.
These desert seasons can be painful because the Lord reveals to us things about ourselves and our sin that are difficult to face and own up to. If we cling to Him and keep moving forward with Him, we can know that He never exposes those things in our lives to shame or condemn us, but in order that He can cover us with even MORE of His grace and love, putting HIS robe of righteousness on us as he begins his healing work on the wounds that sin has inflicted on our lives.
Lord help us to acknowledge our broken cisterns and set us free from our self erected prisons. Lead us to draw deeper from your continuous supply of living water offered freely to whomever will receive it.
When you’re feeling thirsty or your spirits are dry, let that be your reminder to “Dig, dig, DIG a little deeper in the well….”
Again – these thoughts are based on a bible study I am currently working on, but I thought they were so relevant I wanted to share and it has been awhile since I’ve posted here. 🙂
I hope you will allow Jesus to begin to set you free today, then it truly will be INDEPENDENCE DAY! xoxo