“And now that you’re full of love beyond measure, your joy’s gonna flow like a stream in the desert…”
For so much of the song, we’ve been talking about pain and how the well where Jesus is, is always available. Now the song turns on its head almost and gives you a glimpse of how you begin to feel when you DO understand about going to the well.
One of my favorite Bible verses is this one:
“Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
To me, this line from “The Well” is the embodiment of Luke 6:38. When you finally learn that all you have to ever do is go to the well, blessings will begin coming into your life that you never expected, planned for or imagined. So many times you won’t even have to ask for them anymore, they will just show up.
And as God’s love overflows through your life, the “excess” will fill the lives of others around you.
Here is where it gets tricky.
I have a Sunday School lesson in which each child gets a small Dixie cup. One child’s cup is filled with water and that child is told they must fill everyone else’s cups with the water that’s in theirs. What usually ensues is hilariousness. The child will do all kinds of things–like putting “a little water” in each cup, or filling one and telling them to fill the next one. That’s when I say, “No, I want them all filled at the same time.”
The child by now is incredibly frustrated because they know they CAN’T fill everyone’s cup with only the water in theirs. That’s when someone usually says, “Fill one and ask for more!”
THAT’S the answer. You fill others’ cups with the Living Water in yours and then you ask for more.
However, recently God’s given me some interesting insights into this basic lesson.
Insight #1 — Sometimes people can have their hands over their cup! I never thought about this before, but what if the person you are trying to fill their cup has their “hand” over it? That would be nearly impossible to fill, right? In my case, I chose to keep working with this person until they “opened their hand” enough to let some in. They don’t know it yet, but that cup is going to be filled, and oh, the lessons between here and there.
Insight #2 — The ONLY way you get more blessings is by using what’s in your cup! If God fills your cup of blessings and you choose to give none of it away, He literally can’t put anymore in. So in order for God to be able to give you more, you MUST use what He’s given you to fill others’ cups!
So as you go to the well, and you begin to see your cup fill up, the next step is to use what’s in your cup to bless others. As you do this and continue to go to the well, more blessings will flow into your life. You won’t be striving and searching and knocking. Now you’ll just know the Living Water is at the well. If I feel dry, if I feel drenched, I just go back there, and God will pour more blessings into my life — pressed down and shaken to overflowing!
It’s a great way to live!