By guest thinker, writer, and illustrator, my granddaughter, Joshna Kumar.
“I was thinking about how my brother, Vijay, connected simple, every-day examples with God. He does it so easily and his examples make sense. As I was thinking, suddenly, a thought came to me on June 6th, 2021, on a Saturday night. I was already in my bed trying to go to sleep. I had this thought. I started thinking about a tap…
But a tap needs other parts to make anything happen… so my thought went further.
A tap, a pipe, and a well. Connecting pieces, like a puzzle, that fit together.
The tap connects to a pipe, the pipe connects to a well. But these connecting pieces are useless on their own, or together, without water, the Source.
To use this example in life, we, are the tap. A tap can be turned on, allowing the Source of life-giving water to flow to many people. The Source, drawn from the well, is a holding place for the Source’s inextinguishable love. The pipe connects us to the Source of love, which is God.
Our connection to the Source, to God, could be the Bible, listening to music, our personal relationships—anything that connects us deeply to God and his never-ending love.
Sometimes we may be having a strong and easy relationship with God, but sometimes our pipe gets bent, has angles, coils, and ups and downs. Sometimes our pipe leaks, or is clogged with dirt (like bad thoughts or a million other mucky stuff). We need to continuously throw out the dirt so it doesn’t contaminate the clean water, preventing the tap from releasing the Source’s pure water.”
Granny’s thoughts interrupted The Thought.
She loosened her collar and gasped, “Is this theologian really my granddaughter? Then Granny gave Joshna a piece of her mind:
“Pipes do have their many ups and downs, just like all of us have in life. The light grows dim when you look through a bent, dirty pipe. God also had a great thought way back in the beginning. He thought, “I’ll create light and water first.” He understood people needed them, just like they need Him, The Source.”
Joshna smiled cooperatively, and continued to expand on her Thought:
“So, returning to simple life examples (and I hope to impress my brother, Vijay), we are the tap and can give water to many people. If the well is full of water, but our taps haven’t been turned on, we are defeating our perfectly planned purpose. When turned to “on,” we are conduits and others can benefit from us, free to fill slowly or all at once. We open our tap up and are filled to overflowing with The Source. We have plenty to share. When needed, God straightens the pipe, fixes the leak, and cleans out the dirt. The tap, the pipe, and the well have a perfectly planned purpose. To share the Source, God’s love.”