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Our main source of water is from a ninety-five-foot drilled well. When the water enters through a pipe into our house, it first goes through a filter. This process eliminates impurities that would otherwise enter our tap water and, of course, our drinking water. We have to change this filter once a year to keep the water free from contaminants and to prevent us from becoming sick.
It was time to change the filter. We had changed the filter once, before we bought the house, and never encountered a problem. This time, when we re-connected the cartridge that holds the new filter and opened up the main water valve, the water came shooting out everywhere. We finally found out what the problem was: the O-ring that sits on the top was stretched and therefore did not seal properly. This incident happened on Friday evening, and trying to get a plumber or a new O-ring was impossible. We had to return to the basics: getting water containers and filling them from our daughter's water source.
It is at times like these that I realized how dependent I am on water flowing from a tap so easily. Daily rituals like brushing my teeth became a real ordeal, besides other things that require the water to flow freely from a tap.
When Monday came, a visit to our local plumbing store resulted in a new cartridge and filter being installed. We are back to taking showers, running the dishwasher, filling our glasses with water, and brushing our teeth as usual.
Reflecting on this experience and the importance of a filter properly installed made me think of how Jesus promised to send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to help us filter out the bad from the good.
John 14:16,26 – And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever. … The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (NASB)
We have a Helper, the Holy Spirit, given to us freely to help us discern good from evil, and to bring to our minds what is right, what is pure, and what is good, in order to give glory to God.
Prayer: Lord, God, teach us Your ways. Lead us in righteousness and truth, and show us our wrongdoings so that we may learn from them and not dishonour Your holy name. Father, when we become proud, humble us. Create in each of us a pure heart, and show us the way, the truth, and the life everlasting. Amen.