A couple of weeks ago we were left without water in our house due to a major pipe bursting. When the water went off I assumed it would only be for a few minutes, but it was soon apparent there was a major problem. I was fortunate in that I went to work at the church that day and the church water supply remained intact, but by the afternoon I wondered if we would have any water available by the time we got home in the evening. I mentioned to Jeremy when it first went off my experience on a five week placement in Azerbaijan. The hot water never worked the whole time I was there, and the cold water supply only worked from 7am-10am and then from 4pm-8pm. Such restrictions change your lifestyle completely, as well as meaning I had to was woken up at 6.45am each day because the water supply coming through sounds like someone taking a sledgehammer to the walls of the building (they call it “the water hammer”).
The water shortage here lasted about 9 hours, so we did have water in the house that evening. However, it got me thinking about how much we take for granted the things in life which we should in reality be incredibly grateful for. There are many people across the world who simply don’t have access to clean water. Their reality is that to survive they have to walk a considerable distance to a well, or even worse take water from an unclean water source with the attendant risk of cholera and other diseases.
It is really easy to get used to luxury and bewail even the smallest of inconveniences. However, we must get into the habit of being thankful to our Lord who has provided a world which gives us and indeed all living creatures what we need (cf Psalm 104:24-28). We also need to be proactive about doing our bit to ensure resources are fairly distributed so that all have enough, and that we look after the planet which God has given us to manage responsibly (cf Genesis 1:26-31).
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” (Psalm 103:2 NLT)