Thursday, March 11, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY... the water tank

Recently, I read a story about a water tank that depicted the importance of faithfulness. The story was told of a village that was in a part of the world that was rainy for part of the year and dry throughout the rest of the year.

One year, the elders of the village came up with a plan and announced to the villagers that everyone was to bring one single cup of water to a large tank that was in the center of town during the rainy season. This way, when the dry season came and water was scarce, they would have a ample supply of water for the villagers and it could be shared.

The villagers all applauded such a plan. The rainy season came and went, the ground began to become dry and cracked during the dry season and water was becoming quite scarce. The elders agreed that it was time to open up the tank where the villagers had been pouring their cups of water, so all the villagers could have a supply of water that they badly needed. In great anticipation, all of the villagers gathered around the tank with cups and bowls to recieve their portion of the water gathered. But with great alarm, when the elders opened up the tank, no water was found inside!

It turned out that not one villager had given a single cup of water as they had agreed. Each thinking that their single cup of water would surely not be missed. So the tank was empty, the village had no water during their dry season.

Wow. What a story of faithfulness ... or should I say unfaithfulness! It is so easy to think that nobody will notice our unfaithfulness. Skipping church or not fulfilling a promise we have made seems like no big deal or that no one will notice. Unfaithfulness not only hurts those who are dependent upon us (like the village in the story), but it also hurts us.

PROVERBS 3:3 "Let love and faithfulness never leave you."

This week I am thankful that we have a faithful God, who loves us and cares for us. He has a tank of water that never dries up, it is always available to us - it is an everlasting water that will cause us to thirst no more. Have you come to His tank today to get refreshed?

Thank you for stopping by THANKFUL THURSDAY today, please share your grateful heart with us by linking up your TT post below in Mr. Linky! May your heart be overflowing with His Love and Grace today!




18 comments:

Karen said...

I, too, am so thankful that God is faithful.

Hope you're having a great week!
Karen

gemini said...

Great and beautiful post. God is so faithful, great is His faithfulness always. A very apt reminder!

Amanda said...

So excited to be joining up this week! I've been doing Thankful Thursdays for a while on my blog, just didn't know there was a McLinkey for it. Glad to be a part of it!

sharon said...

What a lovely post! Thank God for his faithfulness, especially in the midst of our unfaithfulness.

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for sharing this striking story with us and reminding us of this precious truth. Yes, what a great comfort that we have a faithful and loving God. He never fails us nor forsake us. Take care and have a blessed week!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Cora said...

Laurie,
Thanks for hosting Thankful Thursday. I really enjoy participating. God has been so faithful with our family this past week with the addition of new little one. God is awesome!
Cora

hip chick said...

This is a very enlightening story.

Karen said...

Thank you for this excellent post and for hosting Thankful Thursday.

Joan said...

What a lovely story. Great is His faithfulness and I am truly thankful He is.

Joshlin said...

I like the story. Thanks for telling it again. I didn't know it.

Debbie said...

As always a great anaolgy to share a great truth. God is soo faithful. May we never be guilty of thinking our little part doesn't matter. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Deb

Melanie said...

Wow... love this story Laurie! Such a reminder of how important it is that we EACH ONE are faithful.

LaughingLady said...

Amen! What a thing we have to be thankful for!!!

Holly said...

So true! Many times we don't believe we can change or effect anything by just "me" being committed to God's work.

Good story,

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Thank you Laurie. That was an awesome message. Yes, I come to Jesus my never-ending well of water... life giving water. Amen.

Pam Ponder said...

thanks for a lovely post and reminding us of God's faithfulness to us..and thanks for hosting!!!
Happy TT

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Beautiful reminder about faithfulness!

Marsha said...

I so appreciate this kind of faithfulness. With my daughter and her family being career missionaries in Kenya and experiencing some of these same issues, I can identify.

Blessings. (And thanks for covering me next week!)