The other day I burnt my finger on a pot while cooking. My Mom jumped online to find out the right remedy that would alleviate some really bad pain. The ideas went from a cold, wet cloth to toothpaste to just holding the burn underneath some cold running water. The latter was the one that brought the most relief before I was able to put ointment on and wrap it up. While I stood at the sink with my hand under the running water, I thought about how many people do not have the luxury of running water.
Yes, a luxury. And I was reminded about this month’s Blog for Asia topic –
We are blessed in the United States to be able to have clean water flowing out of our faucets, bottles of Poland Springs, and Brita filters. There are countries are without any access to any of these resources. For those in that situation, disease and early death are tragic realities.
Water.org provides the following statistics:
- 3.575 million people die each year from a water related disease. That is equal to the entire city of Los Angeles.
- 884 million people lack access to clean water. That’s almost 3x the United States population.
- In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families. This is equivalent to building 28 Empire State Buildings each day.
Imagine being one of those women who has to trek just to get a bucket of water. More than likely, the weather conditions are blazing hot. Dehydration. Fatigue. Sickness. Then once they get the water, they will turn around and head back to their village only to share it with loved ones and then make the trip again. Such a routine has to take a toll.
Life had taken a toll on a certain woman who once approached a well. This woman was ostracized because of her ethnicity and, in order to avoid hateful comments and prejudice, she would go to draw water at the hottest point of the day. If that wasn’t stressful enough, there was the many years’ worth of emotional heartache she’d experienced with men. She had been married five times and at the time of this particular trip to get water, she was living with some other dude. High drama.
So with all these heavy burdens, she rolls up to the well only to find a man there who asks her for a drink. She must’ve been shocked that he would ask a woman like her - from "the other side of the tracks" - for a drink. But as they chat, he tells her about this other type of water. The kind where you’d never thirst again. She’s tired, worn down by life, and thirsty so that sounded pretty good. Who wouldn’t want to get some of that water? But why would such an opportunity come to one with a past like hers? The dialogue continues, she learns that the man already knew about her past and yet the offer for living water was still on the table. What kind of man would show such compassion? Jesus, the Messiah.
Because of her need for water, this woman came to know the Living God. Her life was forever changed... eternally changed. And she didn't keep that news to herself. She ran back to her town to tell everyone and the Bible says that many believed. A powerful story.
There are millions who find themselves in similar circumstances today. People who are tired, discouraged, and heavy laden, making difficult trips just for a drink. Men, women and children in desperate need for water – ones who could very well be a statistic like the ones listed above.
There are opportunities for individuals to have clean water. And when that water is made available, the love of Christ is as well, at the very same time.
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"And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward." - Matthew 10:42