Posted by: macahajo | September 17, 2016

Praise God from whom all waters flow

Oops!..I mean blessings flow! That’s how the Doxology really goes 😉

Our small group just finished reading Philippians, and the Lord brought Paul’s words to mind this week: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

For several days, our water pressure was low. But then on Tuesday afternoon, I turned the faucet on, and no water came out. We were not alone. The city turned off the water all throughout our neighborhood and beyond, without notice. So, we turned on the chateau- the reserve tank that brings water into our home. With the chateau on, we had a little water trickling out of the faucets; enough to do dishes and rinse off, but there was not enough pressure to do laundry, but that’s okay! The laundry could pile up a little! 😉

Late that night however, when I turned the faucet on, no water came out. I knew right away that we didn’t have any more water in the chateau. This was a problem! I decided not to wake Mark; there was nothing either of us could do until the next morning! So, I prayed, thought about what we would need to do, and went back to sleep.

After Mark woke up, he confirmed my suspicion that our chateau was in fact, empty. So, he brought in our smaller, forty liter, back-up storage container of water. I don’t think we’ve ever had to use this container because our chateau always worked for us during previous water outages! We added a little bleach to clean the water since it had been sitting for a long time. I also boiled the water that we would use for our bodies. I filled pitchers and big Tupperware bowls. It took some time, and all the while, I wondered, how long will this last? How long will the water be out?

When the water goes out in Africa, it almost always goes out without warning, and it might be off for a day or two or five! We didn’t know. 

I prayed, Lord, help me to be content –  in plenty, and in want; with the convenience of water flowing out of our faucets or in taking bucket baths. 

Our kids showered at their school that night, and we filled up two more storage containers that Mark bought earlier in the day.


Then, around 7:30pm on Wednesday night, trickles of water started to come out of the faucet! And then as the evening went on, the water pressure grew stronger and stronger! I was so relieved and so happy.

Unfortunately, our water saga didn’t end there. The very next day, after a brief reprieve, a water pipe broke outside our home. Water sprayed all over the place! This time, we turned off the water so that our yard wouldn’t flood. A mechanic came, worked that night and the next day. And then finally, we were able to turn the water back on.


Was I content in my circumstances?

The week was tiring and stressful. But, we live in Cameroon where many of our neighbors and friends don’t have the luxury of indoor plumbing. It is part of their daily routine to take time to collect their water. They don’t enjoy the comforts of a warm shower or the ease of running water when they cook.

I’m reading Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow, with Hannah and with a friend. The author reflects on Paul’s life when he wrote the words in Philippians that I shared earlier: “His life was full of anything but positive circumstances. He wrote them while imprisoned in a dark, dreary dungeon… He was beaten almost to death, constantly misunderstood, deserted by friends.” (Page 15) But he said, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Linda Dillow points out that Paul learned to be content.

And we can learn to be content too – from the One who gives us strength.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Cathy Lynn



Post scriptum: Water, Africa & my cousin!…

Next week, my cousin Michelle will run in the Chicago Half-Marathon. She wrote, “Why am I training so hard for the 1/2 marathon?  I am committed to making it to the finish line.  I want to raise money for World Vision to provide more clean water for children in Africa.   We turn on our faucets and take a long shower- it’s hard to fathom that small kids are sick from drinking water.  Water that they walked miles to collect.  Water that is in short supply.  When I don’t feel like going- my alarm goes off at 4 a.m. and it feels like just another tick on my schedule- I picture September 25 at the end of the pool lane.  As I swim, I picture myself getting closer to the date of the race.  When I walk, I picture the girls that can’t go to school because they are collecting scarce, contaminated water.   And I press on.” Read more about Michelle’s amazing story here:

Please pray for Michelle, especially on race day!.. Sunday, September 25th from 4-10am, Central time.

If you would like to join Michelle in raising money to provide clean water for children in Africa, go here:

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