July 21st, 2005


Tribe of Judah StarCraft Series Chapter Leader
A Cup of Cool Water

Jesus said, "If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

-Matthew 10:42 (NIV)

IT was the last day of the writers conference I was attending. A man working feverishly at his computer in the conference bookstore was trying to get his inventory completed before checkout time. It was a warm, humid day, and the expression on his weary face spoke volumes.

Suddenly I felt a gentle nudging to ask him if he'd like a cup of water. "Yes, that would be wonderful. I think that's just what I need," he replied. He said a quick thank-you as I set the cup down beside him. I had totally forgotten about the incident when, a few days later, he sent me a lovely thank-you poem. He told me that the cup of cold water, at that precise moment, was a gift of immeasurable worth.

At first I was astounded that such a small gesture could make such an impact. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to recall some of the many ways God has unexpectedly refreshed me in times past -- groceries that arrived on our doorstep when my husband was laid off, a close friend's words of encouragement during a difficult trial. And it was then I realized that small cups of water aren't so small after all.

Linda Knight (Ontario, Canada)

Thank you, God, for your living water and all the ways you refresh us every day. Amen.