Water, Wells and Scripture
Why I chose to call my blog ‘The Wateringwell’
Biblical wells and water were the inspiration behind ‘The Wateringwell”. Water is mentioned at least 722 times in Scripture, from the opening lines of Genesis to the final chapter in Revelations. It is discussed in various forms and used many times as an analogy.
Wells or cisterns as they were sometimes called, are often mentioned in the Bible. Here are some examples.
Water is an essential and integral part of our lives, a Resource for survival. In Genesis 21:19, when Hagar had used the last of her water, God opened her eyes so that she saw the well that was right next to her. The water saved her life. So consumed by her pain, she hadn’t seen it before.
In Biblical times, wells were a Meeting place. Abraham’s servant met Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24:15-18) It was the duty of the town’s women to go and collect water for the household, a practice that is still carried out in some places today. The wells were a place for the women to gather, talk and socialize. Earliest example of a girl’s get together?! And who could forget the encounter that Jesus had with a Samaritan woman at a well. (John 4:1-26) Here we see the well as a site for Divine Revelation too.
Not only was the well a place to socialize, it was also a Place of Learning. Through their duties and interactions, young women, were taught customs, manners and responsibility.
We read of several instances where wells were used as Landmarks. Often wells were named and guided travellers on their journeys.
On one or two occasions they were used as Hiding Places. In those cases I’m sure they were glad to have an empty well. Nevertheless, they were able to escape from a threat and stay safe.
In fact, wells were so important, there was sometimes conflict and contention over them. See Genesis 21: 25-31 and Genesis 26:15-22. If you wanted to defeat your enemy, you blocked or poisoned his well. The enemy tries to do that to us by cutting us off from God and the things that sustain us.
Inspiration for “The Wateringwell”
These are some of the scriptures that resonate with what I want to achieve at The Wateringwell. There is so much more to the analogy of water, namely Christ as our life giving, everlasting source. That is a subject all on its own. I by no means suggest that our little Wateringwell can substitute what Christ means to us. This is merely a place for women to find support, encouragement, inspiration and motivation.
There is nothing that both soothes and revives like a fountain, a waterfall, stream, river or the ocean. From the musical fountain in Barcelona to Victoria Falls in Africa, I can stand mesmerized for hours. I took the photo below in Claude Monet’s garden during a visit to France several years ago. Please excuse the image quality, photography skills are a work in progress!
Our Personal Wells
Our personal wells, in other words, the resources we draw from, can be both physical and spiritual. The spiritual wells that replenish and fulfil us can be Church life, God’s word, prayer, family, friends or even our work depending on what it is. Physical wells are namely the food we eat, relaxation time and a healthy lifestyle. Of course there are also the bad wells, which are areas of our lives that have become tainted or poisoned. It is important that we are mindful of where and what we are drawing from. The Wateringwell blog has 6 basic categories. They are Spiritual, Health, Finance, relationships, Leisure and Self. I will explain more of that in the future.
How it Started
During my years of counselling, I have met many women who are struggling with daily challenges and exhausted from trying to cope with life. They are desperate to talk and seek advice but don’t have anybody they can talk to. Everybody around them seems to be fighting their own battles, so instead of asking for help, they keep quiet and bottle it up. They either don’t want to be a nuisance or feel that they need to be strong for those around them. They may manage the burden for a while but eventually it becomes too much to bear and that’s when there are consequences.
As a result we are facing a growing number of burnt out women who are barely functioning. Can you relate? Do you know somebody like that? It is tough to admit that you could do with a little assistance. Through conversations in the corridors of work, the counselling room and amongst friends, the seed for ‘The Wateringwell’ was planted. My prime aim is to facilitate a forum where women can ‘meet’ to chat, share and support one another. The second aim is to assist women in a more structured environment, through online counseling and/or coaching. To read more about what God has laid on my heart, look at the About page
God has laid an amazing vision on my heart and I would love you to be a part of it.
How is your well?
Jesus is the ultimate well, from which we draw our strength. “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~John 4:14. What a blessed promise. No matter how dry, He will always provide refreshment, nourishment and whatever else we need.
God warns us in Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns (wells), broken cisterns, that can hold no water”
In the Bible, the wells had names. What are the names of the wells in your life? In other words, what influences you on a daily basis? For example, write down a person, group of people or activity. List everything that comes to mind. Ask God to help you. Write good or bad next to each answer. Do you have more positive, healthy influences in your life? Or are they more negative and draining?
You need to ensure that your own wells are full before you hit crisis mode so that you can draw on the reserves when you most need them. Prepare in advance. Surround yourself with healthy wells and fill them with all that is good and pleasing to God. Are you sensing that the enemy has blocked or poisoned some of your resources? If you are not sure you know how, then stick around with us here at “The Wateringwell” and we will help you.
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