(I’m reposting this from a couple years back and since have edited it a bit, but I basically wrote this in an hour one morning, and was typing as fast as it was coming….)
HOW TO BE WELL AGAIN
You can think of yourself as many things,
as a sinful human being or an angel with wings
but sometimes a metaphor comes along
that helps you figure out just exactly what’s wrong,
and just exactly what’s right and how to stay walking
a path in which God, through you, does all the talking.
The metaphor I’m speaking of was given before
by Jesus, to a Samaritan. I’ll give it once more -
of the Word being a well that is endless and filling
and of us being buckets, but most of us spilling
our Soul on the ground, which keeps us in thirst.
Adam and Eve: that was how they got cursed,
by spilling what they had – but the cross made this true:
the Well’s always there! It’s within me and you!
The Snake is Satan, which convinces us that
we’re in danger of becoming a huge empty vat
so we desperately seek to fill up our pail
with this and with that, but we constantly fail.
Satan tells us all day that there’s a big hole
that needs to be filled, but it is: with our Soul,
which always knows how to fill up from the Well,
but the noise of the world: it works just like a spell.
Satan likes to tell us the Well is real dark
and dank and we’d drown or explode from a spark.
Or die of a cough or we’d fall in that trap
where loneliness alone would make our minds snap!
And so we avoid it – at all costs we stay
away from the Well and forget how to pray
and we avoid being quiet and still – we might fall
down into the Well if we hear God’s faint call.
So instead we try filling our pails from another -
from the pail of a sister or father or brother,
or we try to get filled from a puddle we think
will fill us but eventually there’s nought there to drink.
Or we listen to the ads that travel through the air
which convince us their buckets have water to spare,
so we go to them hoping, in exchange for a dime,
we’ll have water for life – but we run out in time!
Then we have to go looking for yet another source -
or we dump what we had (and that’s called divorce).
Even after years and years of trying to fill
our buckets from another, we don’t see how we spill
and slosh from the trying, and we do that until
we’re as empty as a desert, but the demons are shrill
and they cry that you must quickly go here or there
and try once again to fill up, then to share.
But always Satan shouts over the Voice from within
that tells you to remember where God’s always been!
So frantically rushing and going to and fro
isn’t needed at all! If you’d just only know
that the waters within are forever and living -
a Spring that’s eternal and, for us, always giving!
If you won’t go within, you will always go “without,”
the Spirit God sends you can kill shame and doubt
which tells you to look anywhere but right where
Love is: inside you – so give thankful prayer
instead of being frantic and trying to re-fill your bucket
from addiction – turn to God and then you can shuck it:
that desire for a cigarette, or a drink or a “friend”
who you know won’t do much for your Soul in the end.
Only the Well knows what makes you unique
and it fills you to brimming, like a spring-fed creek
and it refreshes and gives you the minerals you need
so you never feel thirsty or fall prey to greed!
But remember, in order to hear what’s inside you,
you have to be quiet – not let Satan ride you,
and the only place Satan can’t enter? Your request
to be at the Well, and to be the Well’s guest!
Satan can’t take away the Well, just lure you
away from going IN IT, by ads that assure you
that if you do this or go there or you buy
this thing, you’ll be filled but it’s always a lie!
And the myth that marriage to a husband or wife
can fill your bucket’s ruined many a life!
It’s the “mistake” Eve made in turning away
from the Well to the Snake, and we make it today
when we can’t be alone – not even for a week!
We’re on Match.com describing just what we seek:
what bucket will fill us — what dimensions and wood
it must be made out of – what we think is “good!”
And we meet with the bucket over coffee or a meal
assessing if this new bucket is “the real deal!”
Once again, we get wrapped up in hopes that will die
later on down the road – but will we ask why
that bucket didn’t work or will we look for another,
meanwhile passing blame to our sister or brother?
It’s really mere physics that a bucket of the same
dimensions can’t fill us unless it loses, then blame
becomes the distraction – it’s Satan’s best ruse
to keep us away from the Well we could use!
There’s nothing more efficient than a water fight
to make us both emptier and not see our plight:
“I fill you up more than you ever fill me -
in fact, you’re so mean that you only spill me!”
And so we leave buckets behind thinking we
can go find yet another and that means we’re free!
But freedom is turning to the Spirit within
which means we’re dependent on no one to win.
When, by grace, we’re brave enough to lower down into
darkness at first – we find where we’ve been to!
Eden is down there – God’s Love and His map
to all that we want – it was never a trap!
It’s cool water to drink that quenches our thirst
and the ability to see the best, not the worst.
As we learn how to get there and lower our rope
we realize it takes just a second: it’s hope!
So believe in the Word and the Spring that’s within.
Ignoring God’s there is the meaning of “sin.”