Pool or Waterfall?

This river is lovely to walk along but the main feature is the majestic waterfall.

Genesis 24:1-28

Reference: After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭24‬:‭19‬ NIV)

Explore: A waterfall is a beautiful thing to behold. The water drops over the rock face from a decent height and cascades down into the pool below.

The pool catches the water and sends the overflow down stream. The river is lovely to walk along but the main feature is the majestic waterfall.

While the beauty of the water’s descent is breathtaking, I often marvel at the amount of water that comes over the rock face. Gallons of water falls as I stand before this natural beauty and it keeps falling when I walk away. It’s even falling at night when no one is there to see it.

And it’s not on a circuit where the water from the pool is pumped back up to the top. No, this is new water pouring from the top every time. The water fall is a never ending fount of water.

Application: As humans we can decide to be a waterfall or a pool. With the resources that come our way, we can either allow them to overflow to all those around us.

Or we can be a pool where we just gather up the generosity given by others and only allow a trickle out. A pool can be nice, but more people are drawn to a waterfall.

Rebekah was an incredible waterfall. When she came to draw water from the well a stranger asked her for a drink.

Not only did she offer him a drink but she offered to water all his camels. Let’s put this in perspective: the stranger had 10 camels and they could drink up to 20 litres of water at a time.

Rebekah didn’t have a hose connected to a tap she could just turn on. She had a bucket and a well. Her offer to water all his camels was a great act of generosity and she didn’t even know this man! What a waterfall she was.

We all have opportunities to be waterfalls or pools. A waterfall comes at a sacrifice but is closer in line with God’s character than a pool.

Prayer: Lord, may You give me opportunities to be a waterfall. May I be generous with all You have given to me. Amen.

Looking back on your actions, which category would you put yourself in: pool or waterfall?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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