by: Staci Stallings
Last time I had you listen to a song by Casting Crowns called The Well. (You can go here to listen to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxdxw4Gj6g )
I hope you listened several times. I know I have.
There are many truths woven into this beautiful song, but I want to take a moment today to elaborate on the wisdom of one word: Come.
In the first video I watched of the song, there was one incarnation of this word that was misspelled. However, I probably would have misspelled it as well if I would just have been transcribing based on the way you would think it would be said, rather than the profound truth of how they chose to say it.
This time happens toward the end when they sing about after you have come to the well and others begin to see the living water flowing in your life. It says, “Soon all the world will see, living water is found in Me, ’cause you come to the well.”
In the first video, the lyric was “’cause you came to the well.” That’s how I would have written it, but that’s not right. See, we think, okay, you’re empty and broken, and you go to the well, and God fixes you. Period. End of story. You CAME to the well, and now you’re healed and can go on with life. Ah, but that’s not what the actual lyric says!
In the video I gave you here, it says, “cause you’ve come to the well.” And honestly that might be what the actual lyric says. However, I think that too is a fundamental misinterpretation of the true lesson here. “You’ve…” you have… again past tense.
But that’s NOT what God wants. And from deep personal experience, that’s not the way it works!
God truly working in you is not a one-and-done thing. You don’t go to the well and get healed and you’re done.
Life will continually throw things at you–new challenges, new issues, new incarnations of old hurts. And you have to KEEP going to the well. Yes, your salvation is worked out in the first trip if you accept what Jesus is holding out to you, but your LIFE must be going back to the well.
I know for me, I can be going along great and then BAM! I’m thrown off-track. Maybe it’s an illness or a serious challenge, maybe it’s something with my kids, my friends or my husband. And once again, I’m empty and scared. I don’t know which way to go, where I’m going or how to get there.
The secret I’ve found is in going back to The Well–The Answer… Jesus.
I didn’t go to the well once. I go every day, often multiple times each day.
I don’t shine because I came to the well once. I shine because I COME to the well often. I recognize my need for The Well. I recognize how often I have asked the world to fill that need, and how poorly it has done. We will talk about some of those things pointed out so beautifully in the song next time. For now, know that you can go to the well any time you need, and Jesus will always be right there to let you simply rest for a moment in His arms. Ahhh!