Faithful Instructions

by Evandro Kopper

There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long, long time his throat became very dry, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance. He made his way  to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note.

The note read: "pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this you will get all the water you need".            

Now the man had a choice to make, if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work he would still be thirsty and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough and he still might die. After thinking about it the man decided to risk it.

He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle, at first nothing happened and he got a little scared but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find. Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed. Now the note also said: after you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveler.” The man refilled the jug and added to the note: “Please prime the pump, believe me it works!”

If you think that God is not satisfying you in this life, completely, don’t worry, because this isn’t the only life we have to live. God does not satisfy us momentarily, but eternally. In our eternal life God will provide things unimaginable to us, like water in the desert. Hope when everything is lost. Trust God and you will see.

God's note to us reads, “ Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this  … “  Psalm 37.5 

Pump it into your life.  

Written by:
Rev. Evandro Kopper 
Campus Chaplain Carazinho, RS, Brazil

Text  edition:
Ms. Kim Starr
MA Practical Theology & Deaconess Certified
Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA
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