Carrying jars of water in ancient times was an important but very menial tasks. Water was necessary for living, but taking time to bring jars to the well and carry them home was considered a humbling task meant for the lowly. But the amazing truth is that breakthroughs are found on the other side of this seemingly ordinary work.
Rebekah was found by Abraham’s servant while she was carrying water. She offered the servant a drink and watered his camels. Her life changed in an instant as she was betrothed to Isaac. She would play a significant role in God’s story on earth, becoming one of the great matriarchs in the Bible. All because she carried a jug of water.
“Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder…” (Genesis 24.15 NLT).
The Samaritan woman was carrying her jar to Jacob’s Well to get water when she happened to run into Jesus, the Son of God. This woman received salvation and became the portal for an entire city to receive Living Water from the Messiah. All because she carried a jug of water.
“The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him” (John 4.28-30 NLT).
Jesus’ disciples wanted to prepare the passover meal. Jesus told two of them to go into a city and follow a man carrying a jug of water. This man would lead them to the upper room where they would share the Last Supper, and Jesus would symbolically serve His Blood and Body to His disciples. This is the example of the greatest breakthrough of all. A nameless man (a metaphor for the Holy Spirit) led them to their final destination of rest before the events of the Crucifixion. God’s Spirit humbled Himself to doing a lowly task for the benefit of all humankind, and we would have the honor to partake in the Sacrifice of Jesus.
“He replied, ‘As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there’” (Luke 22.10-12 NIV).
A lot can happen when we carry jars of water on our backs. Our task may seem menial and we might see others doing more “important” things, but God sees our work and He knows our heart. He can provide a breakthrough at any moment, but it takes time to create a servant’s heart out of a selfish one. God is transforming us from the inside out. Everyday, God has new and fresh revelation of Himself to give us. We simply need to take time to dip into the Well of His Living Water and receive. Then we can carry this revelation with us daily and offer it to the people God brings into our lives. God will fulfill His promises that He has planned for us. We simply need to continue our work with a humble heart and carry the love, grace and salvation of Jesus wherever we go.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4.7 NIV).