The Winter Well

On a warm winter day, we went to the gardens to see Cinderella's well. The well was empty. No water during the winter.

The girls stared into the empty well. To them it still seemed deep. But the real depth of the well was exposed. It did not run as deep into the ground as we once thought.

One of their favorite bedtime stories is about Cinderella. Cinderella loses her new ring from Prince Charming deep down into a well in her courtyard garden. She lowers her friends, Gus and Jaq, deep down into the well with a bucket and rope. Once they find the ring, she pulls them back up. Their bravery saves the day.

On our first visit to the gardens this summer, the girls couldn't believe "Cinderella's Well" was right here in Huntsville. I couldn't believe it either. It was a just one of the fun surprises we found at the garden that day. The well was full of water. It looked as if the well went deep into the ground. Just like the well in our book at home.

On our visit this winter, I watched my girls as they looked with disappointment into the empty Cinderella Well. The well we once thought ran deep into the ground. We now realized it was only surface level. And now empty. Closed for the winter.

We often find our hope, joy, satisfaction, and peace in things that do not last. Things that are not what they appear to be on the surface. We find ourselves feeling let down, disappointed, sad, or even angry.

However, there is one well that does runs very deep. It is more than what appears to be on the surface.

When most of us approach Jesus, we approach him like my girls at Cinderella’s well. We often only see and experience what's on the surface. We forget His well runs deep.

We often approach Jesus by standing on the surface. We give Him our hopes and wishes from a distance. Jesus wants us to hop into the water bucket and be slowly lowered down.

Jesus's well runs deep. There is more below the surface. He offers hope, peace, life, joy and much more. He offers each of us living water. But first we must surrender and accept it. 
 

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim, that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:3-4

Are you drinking deeply from the well?

Kristin Milner