Just keep digging? You mean just keep swimming like from Finding Nemo, right, Kathryn?
No, I mean just keep digging. But keep reading, swimming is coming.
I have picked a word of the year since 2013. It has been transformative in my spiritual development and instrumental in seeing and hearing God. I knew beginning last fall that this year’s word would be WELL. I was thinking (assuming) God meant things for like love well, be well, and well done. During the first week of 2020, though, I felt like the word should be water wells. Weirdest word of the year ever, I thought, but after receiving confirmation, I dove in and started studying Biblical water wells. I could write several other devotions about the first part of the year and what I learned about water wells and God and myself, but for now, here’s what I learned during the last several weeks.
The days of the Coronavirus are monotonous – good days for some and hard days for others, but we’re in groundhog days. I was on a call with my sorority sisters (funny that it was Zoom and being trapped at home that finally brought us together after 10 years), and one said: “It’s like every morning is Monday morning and every day is Friday night.” Yes, I thought.
For me, I kept thinking about that movie “Holes,” feeling like the poor boys digging day after day in dry land, thirsty and exhausted, looking and hoping for treasure all while dodging and fearing the dangerous lizards.
As a part of my goal setting, I set a theme for each month. Sometimes I claim the theme before the month begins, and sometimes it comes as part of reflection at some point during the month. In April, the theme became “get out of the pit.” I would start each day fresh and ready to go, but at some point during the day, I felt like I either was pushed in a pit or just fell in on my own accord. Then I spent the rest of the night making myself get out of it – the bad mood, the negative energy, the questions, the fear, the depression, the pit.
Come to find out … an empty water well is called a pit.
Anyway, during yet another Zoom call, this time with dear friends, I described this feeling and my frustration at digging dry pits over and over rather than an overflowing water well. It felt exhausting, disappointing, scary. I trusted God completely to get us through all this, but I still feared the next fall (or push) into the pit.
Sometimes we fear tomorrow even if we totally trust that God carries our future.
On the call, a wise friend reminded me of 2 Kings 3:16-18, a time when the people just wanted water: “And he said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the LORD: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ And this is a simple matter in the sight of the LORD; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.” After I studied these verses a bit, I was overcome with peace and renewed with energy.
Even if we are digging in dry land, we are digging deep wells.
Here are a few wells I’ve heard about from some of you:
- The Well of Family
- The Well of Prayer
- The Well of Healing
- The Well of Peace
- The Well of Simplicity
- The Well of Gratitude
- The Well of Patience
- The Well of Obedience
- The Well of Trust
During these hard times, these monotonous days, we have been investing in things that matter. We have been praying prayers that God will answer for years to come. We have been digging, and now we wait for God to bring the blessing, the goodness, the water. We wait to be filled. I love 2 Kings 3:18 – For God, it is a simple matter. He will bring water; He will deliver. We just have to keep digging and wait.
So for May, I claimed the month’s theme to be “Wait Well.”
I could stop right there, but I have one more thing to share – one more confirmation of God’s goodness. As I was preparing to write this, I listened to one of my favorite daily devotions, and it was titled “David & ‘The One that Bursts Through.’” I learned that this name of God “The One That Bursts Through” is only mentioned in the Bible twice – once in 2 Samuel and once in 1 Chronicles, both describing the same story.
Here’s the verse in 2 Samuel: “So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).” 2 Samuel 5:20 NLT
The Lord will do it again. He will burst through – like powerful water breaking a dam, like a raging flood filling the land – he will burst through and fill these wells and water these dry places. It’s coming, believe it. We will soon be saying, “The Lord did it.”
Just keep digging – the swimming is coming.