Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
– from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
 
The words of this poem ran through my mind this morning as I looked out our back windows at the Bay.  All you can see is the sun glistening off all of this water – people in boats fishing, sea birds diving for fish and sunning themselves on the docks, the bobbing of crab trap markers.  But the water out there isn’t the problem – its the lack of water in here that is! 
 
Sometime in the middle of the night a water main broke here in our town, and ALL of the water is shut off.  It almost seems like a cruel joke to look out at all of that water, but knowing it can’t be used for cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc.  We don’t have much room to complain though, as this will only be a temporary inconvenience.
 
I’ve talked on the blog about the book I’ve recently had published, The Justice Revolution.  In it I address 7 different global justice issues, one of them being the lack of access to clean water for so many. 
 
“Do you ever really think about the fact that without water life wouldn’t exist?  We need it to live and thrive.  Yet today, nearly one billion people – about one in eight – lack access to clean water. And more than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet.”
 
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those who thinks that those who have should be punished because there are those who don’t.  I’m just trying to help us all gain a little perspective.  Maybe we don’t truly appreciate how MUCH we have access to.
 
“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin
 
It’s stated that less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.  So the issue really is about ACCESS and not availability.  That is MY problem this morning… it’s there, but this break in the line has denied us access to it.
 
This really can be applied to a lot of things… communication, food supplies, transportation, our relationship with God.  Yup, even that.  It’s not like we don’t have access to Him – I mean He personally is everywhere since He is omnipresent.  And here in America there seems to be a church on every corner – there are 5000+ in the Tampa Bay area alone.  But, when there is a “break in the line”, it can cut off the flow.  It can cause us to want to step back and not draw fresh water from His well.
 
So here we sit waiting for the city workers to take care of our water problem.  Not knowing how long it will take is a bother, but I know eventually it will get done.  It’s comforting to know that with my personal thirst, I do have control over that… and access to a Living Water is as close as the mention of His Name.
 
Water, water everywhere… now when should I stop to drink?
 
 
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