Faithful Instructions

Some of you readers have memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 years ago and it rolls off the tongue easily. It is featured on posters and in greeting cards. Yet, in a crisis, do we panic, or do we follow faithful instructions from God’s Word? Here is a story illustration I happened upon today on a site called

There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time his throat became very dry, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance.
He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note.

The note read: “pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this you will get all the water you need”. Now the man had a choice to make, if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work he would still be thirsty and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough and he still might die. After thinking about it the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle, at first nothing happened and he got a little scared but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find. Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed. Now the note also said: after you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveller.” The man refilled the jug and added to the note: “ Please prime the pump, believe me it works”!



  1. Glenda

    This brings back such memories of my childhood! We had a cistern with a pump that had to be primed, and that was my least favorite thing to do, because I had to pump vigorously in order to get the water to start coming out. When it did come out, though, that was some of the freshest-tasting water ever, and it was wonderful! When the temps were really cold, we’d have to heat some water and take it out to prime the frozen pump, and that was not fun, but it was necessary if we were to have the water we needed. One other little “spiritual” application….there was a brick structure that held charcoal to strain the impurities out of the water as it ran from the gutters of the house into the cistern. Without that charcoal, the water would not have been safe to drink. Sure, it was ugly black charcoal, but it did the job of cleaning our water. Thank you for another great lesson, Karyl!

  2. Reblogged this on Morning Story and Dilbert.

    • Wow, I didn’t open my e mail until mid afternoon, and I was flabergasted at the long string of folks who had liked my post! Well, someone must have been impressed, checked, and sure enough it was Kenny T. I am humbled. And honored. 🙂

  3. A visit from Morningstoryanddilbert and enjoying the wisdom of your post.

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