A desert is a desert because of lack of water. In a bulletin for pastoral workers the writer speaks about a traveler in the desert who was suffering from thirst and comes upon an oasis.
the spot was a pump with a bucket full of priming water and a sign:
"If you drink this priming water you will forever fail to drink the
water of the well. [Priming water was the water that was needed in the
old pumps to create a vacuum and draw the water up for use] Take the
water and pour it into the pump, you will have drinking water, water to
wash yourself and your clothes, and before you leave fill the priming
bucket with water for the next person."
traveler was faced with the dilemma since he was dying of thirst. If he
drank the water he would save himself. However, if he used the water as
primer and it did not draw up water from the well he would die of
thirst. If the priming did bring up the water he would be able to use
water to his heart content.
with worry he poured the water into the pump. At first no water and he
kept on pumping furiously, and after a feeling of despair the water
began to flow and he was at peace, He filled the bucket with water and
went on his way.
are told in the Gospels that we can do wonderful things with the gift
of faith even if it is no bigger than a small mustard seed. Too often
the culture influences us more than the gift of faith and tarnishes all
that we do.
gift of faith for the writer, is like the priming water of the old
fashion pumps of days gone by. We need to trust that when we pour the water into the pump and begin to pump furiously we will be
rewarded. [Living the faith life]
day we wake up to a new reality. Different from the day before. We sing a new song, born again to a new day. Having these
thoughts is what our faith life gives us. The new day will
brings new possibilities, new deterrents, old problems remain, but we
believe and hope that doing what we are missioned to do, all things will
work together for the good.
Life of a Christian is to trust in what we have been given, the gift of faith. Like priming water it will bring
us an over abundance of what God wants to give, but are required
to want and do what will enable us to receive what God always gives. "I am the servant of the Lord" is our daily confession. Daily we
become the priming water and trust in God's abundance.