Let me tell you about my friend Larry. He truly is a wise man. He began to wonder already years ago his brothers' and sisters' eagerness to run here and there after religious experiences. And notice this, he did it before people began to run to Pensacola or somewhere else. Larry wondered also how their drinking vessels became so soon as empty as they were before. For that reason Larry decided, because he is a wise man, to step onto the course of permanent progress and dig his very own well: "Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well." (Prov.5:15)

Larry became so busy and he did not get exited at all, when others tried to persuade him to go and listen to famous preachers and miracle-healers: "Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold." (Prov.3:13,14) Instead of that he concentrated on Bible reading and prayer. These were his tools in the digging process, for digging a spiritual well, you do not need a spade, not to mention a digging machine. He spent almost all of his spare time in deepening the well:"Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day." (Ps.119:97) There were times when he wanted to quit hard work and neighbours wispered into his ear that he should not take this digging so seriously. Lesser zeal would be enough they said, but Larry could not give up, because he ahd found something wonderful:"The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." (Ps.119:130)

Soon the well became ready and Larry was able to draw living water from his own well. He was able to enjoy the fruits of his efforts:"but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."(John 4:14) "Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." (Is.12:3) Friends and acquaintances visited him more frequently and asked the secret of the steadiness and depth of his spiritual life. Of course Larry told them:"by which you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ." (Eph.3:4) He earnestly exhorted others to dig their own wells, because he wanted them also:"may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of Chrst." (Eph.3:18,19) To his great surprise, these friends started t! o take trouble for their own spiritual maintenance.It was surprise, because they were so used to drink new wine in Joel's bar. This new stimulant made so many to fall into spiritual drunkenness, that they did not want to drink living water anymore, which only could satisfy their spiritual thirst.

I had lots to tell about this, but because of the space limit, I will do it later. I tell you though what kind of people are Larry and his friends. They are like wise virgins, who had oil in their lamps and vessels:"And wile they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut." (Mt.25:10)

With diligent greetings
J. P.