Written by cycleguy on May 18th, 2017


“Is it real or Memorex?” Remember that line from the commercial? For the uninitiated, Memorex was a brand of cassette tape (‘course some may not even know what that is) they said was like listening to music live.

Real or not real? The same is true about faith. There is genuine faith and there is fake. Here’s a story about faith.

Legend has it that a man was lost in the desert, just dying for a drink of water. He stumbled upon an old shack and found a bit of shade. Just a few feet away was what looked like a rusty pump. He grabbed the handle and began to pump it up and down. Nothing came out. Disappointed he staggered back, but it was then he noticed a jug. He wiped away the dust and dirt and read a message that said, “You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug. P.S.: Be sure to fill the jug again.”

Sure enough he popped the cork and the jug was filled with water. Does he trust the message or does he drink the water?  After some pondering, he poured all the water into the pump, then grabbed the handle and began to pump it up and down. First, a little dribble as the pump squeaked. Then suddenly fresh cool water came gushing out in a torrent. He had more water than he dreamed! He drank deeply then filled his canteen. He then filled the jug for the next traveler. He left an extra note with it: “Believe me, it really works. You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.”

That is the nature of faith. Faith will be my topic Sunday during our worship. I’d appreciate your prayers.


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. floyd says:

    Sounds like a great start to a pondering of faith that will lead to wisdom.

    Praying for you, Bill.

  2. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! What a great story! I wonder if I’d have the faith or patience to prime that pump?
    And great lesson in the added note too. What we learn, we should pass on to encourage others. Great image of that here too.
    Blessings on your prep and talk too. I think you’ll be great!

    • cycleguy says:

      it is a story that makes you think isn’t it? I, too, wondered if I would have the faith to prime the pump or be so thirsty (selfish) to drink it. And the message in the note topped it off.

  3. Excellent story, Bill, and perfect for your sermon this Sunday. I’ll keep you in prayer!

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    Faith. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    Our faith in Christ? Where would we be without Him?

    Preach it, friend!

  5. Dan Black says:

    What a great story. It really exemplifies the faith we need to have. Thank you for sharing it.

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