“The Junk In My Well”
Pastor has preached at least 3 sermons lately that have been centered around “Going back to the well” . It’s amazing how Jesus will take one sermon and teach multiple people different things from that one sermon. It reminds me of the one room school house days when a teacher would be teaching multiple levels and multiple subjects all at one time. (That was a random thought that doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m about to talk about here–look a fly…lol)
Something has been floating to the surface of my mind lately. I have, and maybe you have as well, experienced such a lightness and cleanliness in my spirit after I’ve gone to someone and said “I’m sorry for what I said. I’m sorry for hurting you. I was upset and ran my mouth in the heat of the moment, and I was wrong and I want you to forgive me.”
I remember once when me and someone I love deeply had some things come between us. Bitterness crept into my heart. I was avoiding this person and ignoring texts and phone calls. When I tried to worship or pray it was in my face. In my flesh I could justify my feelings but not in my heart. I knew it had come between me and the Lord and in my heart I knew I had to deal with it .It had come between not only me and them, but worse, me and the Lord. Oh my goodness I cringe when I think about how I was feeling during those days.
This past Sunday, Pastor used the scripture in Genesis 29:2-3 He explained that in Bible times, there were wells not exclusive to only one flock of sheep. Many different flocks would use various wells for water. In order to keep the water in the well from getting debris in it and stopping it up, a large rock would be placed over the mouth of the well. It would take at least three shepherds to move that rock before all could drink. After everyone and all the animals had drank, then they would move the large rock back.
I have a well inside of me. My well must be kept clean or it won’t bring forth water. The water of the spirit of the Lord is what should come forth from me and give others a drink. I am grieved when I think about the opportunities during that time when because I wouldn’t clean up my well, someone went thirsty. It hurts to own that reality, but it is what it is. I realize what had come between me and my person amounted to “spiritual” debris. Hurt, miscommunication, resentment and jealousy had my well stopped up. It took all involved to remove the stone so that the spirit inside of us both could give drinks to others. We had to work together to get the junk out of the well before it would flow freely. I couldn’t do it alone, they couldn’t do it alone.
Well it finally had to come to a head. I could stand it no longer. The Holy Ghost sat on me and said NO MORE! The two of us communicated over both of our wrongs and both cried, repented to the Lord and each other and said I’m sorry. It was a beautiful and powerful time. That relationship was changed forever. And for the better. I go back to that situation over and over again when I feel something isn’t right between one of my sisters or brothers in the Lord. That’s a lesson I don’t want to have to learn again. Keeping the communication between myself and others clear, will keep my well clear! “Nothing between my soul and my Savior ” (Sorry, I just thought of that song spontaneously) Anyway, that relationship is stronger now than ever. I think of that friendship with love in my heart and as the scripture says Philippians 1:3-11 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
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