Once upon a time there was a man lost in the desert. 36 hours ago, the water in his bottle ran dry, and he was on his last feet. He knew he would surely perish if he didn’t get some water soon. The man saw in front of him a shack. He thought it might be a mirage or hallucination, but he moved towards it without any other alternative. As he got closer he realized that it was quite possible, so with the last of his strength he dragged his tired body to the shack.
The shack was not inhabited and for quite some time seemed to have been abandoned. The man gained entry, hoping he could find water inside, against hope.
When he saw what was in the shack, his heart skipped a beat;a water pump.. it had a tube running down the floor, may be to a tapping a source of deep underground water.
He started to work on the pump, but there was no water coming out. He sat there, kept on working and nothing happened yet. He finally gave up on frustration and exhaustion. He threw in despair his hands. After all, it looked like he was going to die.
Then in one corner of the shack, the man noticed a bottle. To stop evaporation, it was corked with water filled in.
Once he found a piece of paper attached to it, he uncorked the bottle and was about to gulp down the delicious life-giving liquid. Handwriting on the paper read: “Use this water to start the pump. When you’re finished, don’t forget to fill the tank.”
He was in a dilemma whether to follow the instructions and pour the water into the tank, or he might disregard it and drink the water.
What he is going to do? If he let the pump into the water, what guarantee did he have that it would work? What if the pump worked wrong? What if there was a leak in the pipe? What if the dam below had dried up for a long time?
But then there’s… Maybe that was the right instruction. Is he going to risk it? If it turned out to be false, the last water he’d ever see would be thrown away.
Hands trembling, he poured the water into the pump. Then he closed his eyes, said a prayer, and the pump to his astonishment, began to work.
He heard a gurgling sound, and then water came out, more than he might be able to use. In the warm and refreshing stream, he luxuriated. He’d have to live!
He looked around the shack after drinking his fill and feeling a lot better. He found in a corner a pencil and map. The map showed that he was still far from his destination, but at least now he knew where he was and where he was going.
For the journey ahead, he filled his flask. He also filled the bottle and corked it. He added his own writing under the instruction before leaving the shack: “Believe me, it works!” This story is all about life. It teaches us that before we can receive abundantly, we must give. It also teaches, more critically, that faith plays an important role in giving. Whether his action would be rewarded was not known to the man, but he went on regardless. He made a leap of faith without knowing what to expect.
Water reflects the good things in life in this story. Something that touches your face with a smile. It can be intangible knowledge or it can represent money, love, family, friendship, happiness, respect, or any number of other things you value. Whatever it is that you would like to get out of life, that’s water.
The water pump represents the workings of the karmic mechanism. Give it some water to work with, and it will return far more than you put.
Be one of those people who offer their love and support to all who need it desperately and ask for it, in a world where people are desiring to get more and more than they seek to give. Look for ways to provide the poor. To place a smile on the face of somebody, always Give and life is going to give you back ten times. Be one of those who give without expecting anything in return with an open heart.
Faith is able to move mountains!
Belief is Relief.