Draining Discontent


Learn to give God praise for the things you so often take for granted. Learn to live with a heart of gratitude.

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:13-15 ESV)

My husband and I decided to do the Daniel fast for ten days. We worked side by side washing and chopping veggies, both tossing the clippings and discards into the garburator. As I pushed the roasting pan into the oven, I flipped on the disposal and it began to swirl and . . . hurl.

It would appear that we tossed too many hard, raw vegetables into it at once. (Funny – my tummy had the same response as I was sicker than a dog on day two of the new diet . . . my body hadn’t seen that much unprocessed food in years).

Twelve hours later, we shouted with praise when the drain finally was free from its clog. The kitchen floor, counters and table had been scattered with the items from under the pipes and we missed having a functional sink!

As we watched with wonder and awe the swirl of the water going down the drain, we both gave thanks that we were blessed with running water and plumbing. Like the woman at the well, there are many in the world who still don’t have any. We’ve been learning to give God praise for the things we so often take for granted and to live with a heart of gratitude.

Father, thank You for blessing us with so many luxuries like clothes, shelter and water. Help us to live each day with our eyes open wide to all Your provisions. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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