When a cistern holds its water
It fulfils an important task,
To catch, to store and to preserve
Where the water indeed lasts.
But when cisterns they are broken
There will always be a leak,
Where no refreshing waters will be contained
And where no comfort we can seek.
Because unless the living waters
From the precious Lord above,
Will fulfil our soul and refresh our heart
We’ll be thirsty for His love.
And we’ll search in many places
To try to fill this hole,
But irrespective of whatever we try
It won’t satisfy the soul.
Because money, fashion or career
Can please us temporarily,
But it’s where frustration, doubts and insecurities
Will certainly be seen.
To be clothed with righteousness
And with meekness with humility,
Is where the depths of the soul is satisfied
And where God’s peace we really see.
To give for eternal causes
Is where our pocket will be lined,
Because it’s in building God’s forever kingdom
When we’re sincere and we’re kind.
And if our career entails servanthood
In whatever capacity it may be,
It’s where sacrifices are truly made
But where many blessings we do see.
Broken cisterns are like tears cascading
With the need to be repaired,
With an urgency to be restored
Through tender love and care.
Jesus’ broken body
Hung in torment to make us whole,
And it’s where eternal life with refreshing waters
Inside our soul unfolds.
(C) P.B. 2022
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
“Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20-21