Friday, February 26, 2010

rehoboth


August 18: Prairie View Towards Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, by Chris Overvoorde

Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, "Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land."
Genesis 26:19-22

I came to this passage a few days ago and it read like a promise.

You have been digging...finding springs of fresh, clean water only to be frustrated by property disputes and confusion. Wanting space. Wanting to be well-watered. Wanting to fill a jar and carry it on your back, to carry it home to your thirsty family. Wanting to flourish.

Rehoboth: Hebrew רְחוֹבוֹת‎, lit. broad places.

2 comments:

Rachel Ann said...

Mmmmmmmmm good stuff. And I love the picture.

Sabrina said...

Well said.