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Topic: Water (04/26/04)

TITLE: The Pump
By Carol Smith
05/02/04

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One memory I will always reflect on is the one of having to prime the pump. As a child I was amazed with the fact that you could get so much water out of the pump after pouring only a little bit in. To prime the pump you had to pour water into the pump head and pump the handle like crazy. Then all of the sudden water would start spurting out of the pump.

Sometimes we need to primed. We get caught up in the daily routine and forget to do the work God intended us to do. We try to “talk the talk” without “ walking the walk”. We forget that we need to keep producing like the pump or we’ll go dry and need to be primed.

God has ways of priming our pump. Sometimes it is with a word from a friend, or a child’s smile, and from His word. No matter how the priming affect gets started, God pours in the Holy Spirit and all of the sudden we start to spurt. Eventually we are spraying God’s word all around.

When we get thirsty, God fills us up. We drink from his word, from a sermon, from a poem, from words of a friend, etc. In turn we are able to give drink to someone who is thirsty. It is when we don’t express the words God intends us to say that we begin to dry up.

As Jesus said in John chapter 7:37-38

37) On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and
cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
38) Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of
his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"

Can you remember a time when you need priming? How did God get the job done?
Did he have to pump like crazy or were you ready to receive his blessings? Are you facing one of those dry times now?

If so open up God’s word and let him prime you and fill you with his word, comfort,
mercy, and grace. Let the Holy Spirit minister to you and fill you with the peace that comes only from God. Start spurting God’s love all over the place. The more you speak God’s word, read his word, learn his word, hear his word, pray his word, and live by his word, the more he fills you with his spirit and floods you with his love.

I pray that we all continue to be filled with his glory. Never running dry and needing to be primed. So that we can “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” in order to give him the praise, glory and honor that only he deserves. So that we are prepared to spurt out his love when he sends someone into our life that needs to be primed.


Member Comments
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Naomi Deutekom05/03/04
Your analogy of the pump is very good. I enjoyed your article.
Caroline Alderson05/04/04
I like the the priming your pump anology.
L.M. Lee05/06/04
nice use of an experience to keep us focused on we only work when we have water flowing.
Leticia Caroccio05/06/04
Not sometimes, I need to be primed every single day! Nice observations.