Keepers of the Springs
Once upon a time, a certain town grew up at the foot of a mountain range. It was sheltered in the lee of the protecting heights, so that the wind that shuddered at the doors and flung handfuls of sleet against the window panes was a wind whose fury was spent.
High up in the hills, a strange and quiet forest dweller took it upon himself to be the Keeper of the Springs.
He patrolled the hills and wherever he found a spring, he cleaned its brown pool of silt and fallen leaves, of mud and mould and took away from the spring all foreign matter, so that the water which bubbled up through the sand ran down clean and cold and pure.
It leaped sparkling over rocks and dropped joyously in crystal cascades until, swollen by other streams it became a river of life to the busy town.
Millwheels were whirled by its rush, gardens were refreshed by it’s waters. Fountains three it like diamonds into the air. Swans sailed on its limpid surface and children laughed as they played on its banks in the sunshine.
But the city council was a group of hard headed, hard boiled business men. They scanned the civic budget and found in it, the salary of the keeper of the springs.
Said the keeper of the purse, “Why should we pay this romance ranger? We never see him, he is not necessary to our towns work life. If we build a reservoir just above the town , we can dispense with his services and save his salary.”
Therefore the City Council voted to dispense with the unnecessary cost of a Keeper of the Springs, and to build a cement reservoir.
So the Keeper of the Springs no longer visited the brown pools but watched from the heights while they built the reservoir.
When it was finished, it soon filled up with water, to be sure, but the water did not seem to be the same. It did not seem to be as clean, and a green scum soon befouled its stagnant surface.
There were constant troubles wit the delicate machinery of the mills, for it was often clogged with slime, and the swans found another home about the town.
At last and epidemic raged, and the clammy, yellow fingers of sickness reached into every home in every street and lane.
The City Council met again. Sorrowfully, it faced the city’s plight, and frankly it acknowledged the mistake of the dismissal of the Keeper of the Springs.
They sought him out in his hermit hut high in the hills and begged him to return to his former joyous labor. Gladly he agreed and began once more to make his rounds.
It was not long until pure water came lilting down under tunnels of ferns and mosses and to sparkle in the cleansed reservoir.
Millwheels turned again as of old, Stenches disappeared. Sickness waned and convalescent children playing in the sun laughed again because the sun had come back.
“Mr. Jones, Meet the Master” written by, Peter Marshall, Pg, 135-136
I came across this great story last night as I was doing some reading, and thought of how perfectly it portrayed a relationship with Christ Jesus.
When we invite him into our lives he comes in and begins the work of cleaning up the “garbage that we have collected in our lives, our sin, hurt, hatred, anger, jealousy, pain.”
He removes those things from our lives so that His Spirit can flow freely through us, nourishing others around us and filling us with a sense of purpose, life, joy and hope.
And just like the committee in this story decided that it was no longer necessary to pay the Keeper of the Springs for the up keep of their water source, we often think as we get busy in our lives and move into new seasons that we also can do without the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Before we know it, we have allowed ourselves to go back into the old patterns of living and thinking, we no longer feel the need to guard our hearts and minds, so our tongue reflects what we have allowed to inhabit our hearts.
Remember a relationship with God is a process, and the process involves you being willing to let the Holy Spirit clean out the old, and clothe yourself with Him instead. When we clothe ourselves with Him, we say yes to Him cleaning out the debris of the old way of living and thinking, daily submitting and surrendering to his will for your life.
Brothers and sisters, if you find yourself pictured in the above story, where you have no longer felt it necessary to include Jesus in your every day life, I beg you to reconsider your decision. Stop what you are doing and see how destructive it is to go back to the old way of doing things.
Psalm 51: 10 – 13
10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Ask the Holy Spirit to be first in your life again, ask him to cleanse you of wrong thinking, and attitudes that bring destruction upon you. Ask him to search your heart and show you any wickedness so that you may be cleansed, and no longer have the foul smell of sin around you.
Psalm 139: 23-24
23Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Let the Holy Spirit dwell richly within you, so that you may know the lord, and become a source of living water that will in turn bring life to others around you.
Colossians 1: 9 – 14
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I pray that you will see how important it is to have the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in your life, all of the time.
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