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Stoop to Drink.

Pastor and author John Ed Mathison noticed those three words on a sign beside a public drinking fountain.
 
He saw the basin and the nozzle where the water comes out. 

But there was no button to push, no lever to turn, and no foot peddle to start the flow of water.
 
He stood there for a few minutes, figuring he had overlooked something.  Or perhaps the fountain was out of order.
 
John Ed finally turned to a man standing nearby.  “Do you know how to make this thing work?”
 
“Read the sign,” the man answered. 
 
Once again he noticed the three words:  Stoop to Drink.
 
Feeling a bit foolish, he bent over at the waist, put his head near the nozzle, and out came a flow of cold water.  By stooping he had broken an invisible photo-electric beam that controlled the working of the fountain.
 
Sometimes we make things too complicated.
 
Countless people have searched in vain for the secret of vitality – for the power to drink deeply from the well of spiritual, emotional, and relational happiness.  Surely it must involve a challenging set of tasks or inside information concerning the right button to push.
 
Reality is far simpler. 
 
Our call is to be humble.  Mathison simply had to bow.  He had to risk looking foolish in front of other people.  And he had to trust what he could not see. 

Even after getting a drink, he still couldn’t describe, from an engineering standpoint, exactly how the fountain worked.
 
No one can provide proof-texts for the way God works. 

But by experience we come to know what we have to do to receive Living Water.
 
We must Stoop to Drink.
 


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Glenn McDonald is the Director of Mission Integration for the Ascension Ministry Service Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, a role in which he serves as the workplace mission leader for 900 associates in the healthcare industry.

Glenn is an ordained Presbyterian minister, has 33 years of congregational leadership experience, and is the author of eight books on discipleship and spiritual formation.  He and his wife enjoy living on a small farm.

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