Speak to the Well

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” Isaiah 44:3

I sat there, sweating, dirty, tired and frustrated. It had been a pretty hot day for Haiti, and on top of that we had been working pretty hard. We were having some issues with the pump in our well which required us to pull 155 feet of PVC pipe full of water out of the ground. Elidor, one of the first children we rescued on March 11, 2014, came running around the corner to join in on the work, or at least watch.

There he came: smiling from ear to ear because of the chance to get out of the orphanage and hang out with the men for a few minutes. At 6 years old, he is really no different than any other boy: inquisitive, full of questions, comments, endless observations and out to conquer the world. The thing that made it unique to me is that most of his questions began with “Papa Jacob…” I never thought I’d hear that phrase before I was married and had my own children, much less in another language.

As I said, there we were, working tirelessly to fix the issue with the pump. From the corner of my eye, I noticed Elidor make his way over to the 4 inch opening that was the top of the well. I heard him make a few noises and discover the echoing return from what seemed like an endless dark abyss.

Desiring to encourage his inquisitive God given nature I said to him, “Speak to the well Elidor.” He looked at me, squinted one eye and sat there in deep thought for about 10 seconds. I could tell he was seriously contemplating what he should say to the well, as if searching for and picking wisely exactly what should be said. He looked down, breathed deep, and screamed “Hallelujah” and heard it return with echoing reply. I stood there in awe as I realized the gravity of what just happened before me. This 6 year old orphan with faith and full intention spoke praises into the well. The sound reverberated to the depths of the earth and spoke praises in return.

This made me think about how often we work tirelessly to get through the days and finish our work. Sometimes, we work so hard with physical strength or worldly knowledge to bring solutions to what seems like a daunting task and find ourselves lacking the results we thought we wanted. When faced with a deep dark well, speak praises and the Lord will bring clarity, wisdom, understanding, and miracles.

Life is full of uncertainties, but this I do know: God never expects us to do it in our own strength. He asks that we humbly come before him, look into the well, and speak “Hallelujah.” Miracles are happening!

 


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