Well Run Dry

A well is a source of refreshment. It brings nourishment and energy to the soul. But, a well run dry leaves us parched, tired and cranky. A couple of decades ago a close friend said, “I would always be going Mach 10 with my hair on fire.”  I would always be working several jobs. I would always have too much on my plate. I would always be over involved. Clearly, those words stuck with me, and I never expected them to be true.

Here I am all these years later working two jobs, involved in multiple ministries, speaking, writing, being a mom and a wife. I’m still running  Mach 10 with my hair on fire. I admit I like my cup to be full, but there are those times when it starts to overflow. More begins to pour out of me than is being replenished. My well runs dry. I don’t seem to notice until I’m completely dehydrated.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (John 4:14 MSG).

Soon, I’m so parched and in need of rest that crankiness becomes the norm. Then I finally remember what will replenish my well. My well runs dry because I’ve wandered away from the source. My prayers have become a flat one way street of routine and obligation. Scripture and devotions are more of a “to do” than a time of resting and replenishing. I actually begin to crave sacred time with Jesus. He is the wellspring of life that will replenish my soul. He calms my heart and brings peace to the day.

I finally turn my intention back to the source. Yes, intention not attention. I force myself to sit in His presence. I make the time to worship with my whole heart not a fraction of it. I become intentional with my time with God. I create space to listen and notice Him in all aspects of my day. My energy and motivation increase. I become more optimistic and hopeful. My families favorite part is the crankiness goes away.

Has your well run dry? Have you strayed from the source of life? Are you thirsty for more? How do you replenish your soul? How is your well restored?  Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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