"Tychicus will tell you everything." Ephesians 6:21

April 11th, 2019 by Dennis Fuqua

TWO CULVERTS

I recently had the privilege of facilitating another Pastors’ Prayer Summit for pastors from the Tucson, AZ area.  We drove up Mt Lemon to the town of Summerhaven, elevation, 8200 feet.  This is a small, very typical little mountain town with few year-round residences, but many nice seasonal homes settled into the hilly terrain.  At the brakes of the summit, I enjoyed wandering around the little town.

During one brake I walked up a fairly steep side road.  I enjoyed the sound of the creek next to it.  It reminded me of the time when Jesus talked about “rivers of living water.”  In John 7:37-39 He says, 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.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Not far up the road, I saw one crossing that used two culverts instead of one.  Right away, I noticed that most all the water was flowing out of the culvert on the left.  As soon as I asked myself why, I noticed that it was just a few inches lower than the one on the right.

Two culverts.  One with much clean water flowing through it and the other with very little flowing through it.  And even the water that was coming through the culvert on the right was rather dirty.

It struck me that the only difference between the two culverts was that one was lower than the other one.  Here was my prayer based upon what I saw.  “Father, I want as much of Your Living Water to flow through me as possible.  Let it flow through me and impact others.  Let me live like the culvert on the left.  Let me walk humbly before you and those around me.” 

Humility…  That’s what God requires of us (Micah 6:8).  That’s what Paul calls us to (Phil 2:3-4).  That is what Jesus wants us to learn from Him (Matthew 11:29).

Thank you, Tychicus

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