Every so often, I listen to Bible commentary online. I learn a lot from the speakers on how to tie God’s word to a personal experience. I recently stumbled across TruthOrTradition, which provided a refreshing take on Proverbs that I’d like to share with you.
In biblical times, women were usually (and still are) the ones in charge of fetching water in their communities. The women threw in a leather bucket that would slowly sink into the well’s water.
If the woman was patient, she’d let the bucket ease into surface. Eventually, the bucket would be completely submerged and reach the cool deep water resting at the bottom. If she was not patient, she would not benefit from the coolness that rest below. Instead, as she waited in the sweltering heat, she’d draw out the warm surface water, offering little refreshment.
If one is patient, it is possible to draw out the deepest insights of one’s heart; soothing one’s fiery concerns with fresh, crisp understanding. If we are calm like the eased women, we will sit on the edge of the well and rest in God, letting our buckets sink into the deep cool waters of the Lord which promise to refresh our spirits and renew us each and every time.