As I’m standing here in my kitchen this thought suddenly wove through my thoughts — One of the most beautiful, precious, and life-giving sounds from something inanimate is the sound of flowing water. (At least to me!) Whether from the ocean lapping the shores across the street from where we live, or the trickle of water being purified as gravity pulls it through our filter… the sound is refreshing. A blessing. Truly a gift from the Lord.
For the first six months we lived in our ocean facing house, we had no running water at all. It was summer and due to water rationing, illegal connections to the water supply and cracked pipes, there wasn’t enough water pressure to get the water to flow through our tap. Francis had to pump and haul water in buckets which we kept in large trash cans in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry area. It was tough. For the rest of the first year and into the second, whenever water flowed (occasionally between 2-4 am) filling our buckets for us, it was a great day! This city girl quickly learned not to take water for granted!
I’m enjoying the tinkling trickle of water as it flows down through our Sawyer PointOne water filter. It’s been a permanent and treasured member of our house since 2013 when Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated the northern towns and Tacloban city on our island. Thanks to generous gifts from many donors, we were able to purchase and distribute more than 120 water filters with buckets throughout the affected areas, bringing life to many in need.
Despite being more than a 4 hours drive from the worst devastation, even where we live in Maasin City suffered long term power outages. Water stations couldn’t run the high powered filtration and purification machines. Families everywhere struggled to find safe water sources. In God’s miraculous timing and way, He connected us to Sawyer to bring back these filters to Leyte. We were able to offer our neighbors and the poorest of the poor the ability to filter clean drinking water. The filters are amazing and have the capacity to filter a million gallons with a lifespan of 10 years! (Read about how we used the filters to bring safe water to typhoon victims here.)
Trickle, trickle, tinkle, tinkle. Such music to my ears.(Picture me babysitting the filter as it drips purified water, with a silly, cheesy grin on my face.) This water is critical for my family’s health and survival. The water that flows from our tap in the house is contaminated with rust and heavy minerals. Sometimes after heavy rains the water flows brown and we can’t even wash laundry. Reminds me of this passage where Jesus is talking about quenching our thirst:
“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.'” John 4:13-14
Knowing that Jesus offers us living water that quenches and also fuels us… Now, isn’t that music to your ears?!!