2 Now there was no water for the community, and they assembled against Moses and Aaron. 3 Then the people confronted Moses and said to him, “If only we too had died when our brothers perished in the Lord’s presence! 4 Why have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this desert to kill us and our animals here? 5 Why have you led us up from Egypt to bring us to this evil place without grain, figs, vines, or pomegranates? And there’s no water to drink!”
6 Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the meeting tent and they fell on their faces. Then the Lord’s glory appeared to them. 7 The Lord spoke to Moses: 8 “You and Aaron your brother, take the staff and assemble the community. In their presence, tell the rock to provide water. You will produce water from the rock for them and allow the community and their animals to drink.”
9 Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, as the Lord had commanded him (Numbers 20:2-9, Common English Bible).
When the bishop appointed me to one particular community a few years ago, I didn’t like the taste of the water. When Cindy and I bought our retirement home a few years ago, we didn’t like the taste of Lufkin water. Really, at least when I first moved to several communities, at least at first, I didn’t like the taste of the water. Eventually I got used to the taste. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad.
When I first went to sea when I was in the Navy, I really didn’t like the taste of the water. In port, we drank water from city sources just like most anyone else. But, when we went to sea the ship produced its own drinking water. They would take sea water, boil it, capture the steam and cool it back into water we would use for drinking, cleaning and to make steam to power the engines. I don’t think I really ever got used to drinking the ship’s water.
I guess it has been six or seven years ago I was introduced to a man who has made a ministry based on what he saw on one trip to Haiti. Bob paused when he saw children scooping water with their hands from tire ruts in the road and drinking it. God grabbed Bob that day. When he got home he started researching. First he looked at the statistics regarding water born illness in Haiti. Bob told me the numbers. To be honest, I don’t remember them and even if I did we really don’t have room here.
Once Bob saw the statistics, he started looking for a solution to the problem. These people, in the part of Haiti where Bob focuses are among the poorest in the world. Some people try to address the problem by drilling water wells. If you can raise that kind of money it is a good plan but wells can be expensive and many churches don’t have the resources to meet the need. Bob wanted something where just about any church and many individuals could participate.
Bob found the Sawyer Water Filter. With the filter (his teams carry the filters in from the US) and a plastic bucket (they purchase the buckets in Haiti, helping the local economy), for less than $75, a Haitian family can clean enough water (the system filters out 98% of the bacteria and other things in the water) to supply their needs for up to ten years.
I often think about that when I turn my water faucet on to get a glass of water, take a drink and I don’t like the taste. It causes me to realize, at least some of the time, I am not to thankful for the water I have at my fingertips. I am a lot like the grumbling Israelites for whom Moses had to find water. God gives. I complain. Those who receive those filters are grateful because their lives are changed.
It makes me think, sometimes I may not be very grateful, but I need to be thankful for clean drinking water, both for me and for those Bob’s teams touch when they take water filters to Haiti.
Clean water is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it in your journal and then share it with someone who needs to hear about the joys of a grateful heart.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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