Summary: Our hearts can be wells of salvation, open by faith in Jesus Christ and allowing the waters of life to flow into the lives or all those we meet and know as we walk our lives on this earth, no better reason for being than that.
We don’t tend to think much of wells these days do we
We just turn a tap and there’s the water, who needs a well? Holes in the ground with a puddle of muddy water at the bottom, taking effort to draw the water up and potentially having a serious health risk if not looked after properly. But this is not the case in the third world or our country not that long ago, wells were and are the source of life, greatly valued centre pieces of a community. In fact communities normally “spring” up around wells or springs sources of water for were there is water there is life. It’s the same principle spiritually water is a symbol of life, a indication of creation and promise of hope, substance, growth and sustained life. As a scientist the spiritual side gets more interesting when you consider the molecular structure of water, it’s a trinity of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, each necessary for water to be water and water can exist in three physical forms
I like to think of this as a sort of calling card from God, saying trinity is important, it brings life, sustains life and binds life together in the sense that water if you think about it binds all life on this planet together is the link the common denominator to existence. As is God the Father, God the Sprit and God the Son. The source of living water, the source of the waters of salvation and the source of all life. I’ll like to focus on the term used in Isaiah 12 “Wells of Salvation” what are these and how do we find them and open them?
Digging a well
How do you dig a well? Its not as simple as making a hole and waiting for the water to gush out. The biggest hand dug well can be found in Greensburg Kansas, dug in 1880’s it took a massive effort and was over 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter, all of the walls were covered in stone paving and to prevent cave ins every 8 feet a brace was constructed out of 2 foot by 12 foot planks mortised and dovetailed together so than no nails were used in the construction which might then rust and pollute the well water. This well served the whole cities needs until 1939 and is a big tourist attraction with over 3 million people having visited it to date, not bad for a hole in the ground!!
You need an understanding of the geology of the rock formations, know how the water might be moving to or were underground reservoirs were building up to tap into them. You then need to dig the hole in the ground and make sure it is has a solid wall of brick, stone or wood so that the well does not collapse in on its self. You need to dig it deep enough to reach the water
You need then a way of getting the water up to the surface. You then need to maintain the well to make sure that the water is not polluted, does not stagnate and stays fresh. If you do this really well you might have an Artesian well were the water flowing up from the rock is under such pressure it overflows by its self and does not need pumps or buckets to bring it up
Wells take hard work to locate, establish and maintain but they bring life, they transform communities and are vital sources of clean water. I like to think of a church like a well, it can be a source of living water, or Jesus that can transform and bring life to communities or it could fall into disrepair and dry up or get polluted or the like, it’s a precious resource that needs love and care to bring forth more love and life.