The Telegraph today has picked up an ironic contrast which Archdruid Eileen noted as long ago as last Thursday: that ever since the authorities declared an official drought and a hosepipe ban in most of England, it has hardly ceased to rain. In the Archdruid’s words,
We continue to be concerned about the drought. At the moment it’s droughting cats and dogs. For the last week it’s been droughting down in buckets. And yesterday there were a couple of inches of standing drought on the drive.
After a brief respite at the weekend, at least here in Essex, the rain started again today, and is forecast to continue until the end of the week. So quite likely before long we will simultaneously have an official drought and an official flood disaster.
So why the continuing hosepipe ban? Well, I guess this week no one will be wanting to use a hosepipe to water their garden, but they might be tempted to use one to wash their mud-streaked car. But the real point seems to be that the water authorities are more concerned with refilling their reservoirs than with providing for their customers.
I can’t help being reminded of these words which the Lord spoke through Jeremiah:
My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV)
Jesus warned us not to worry about storing up treasure on earth, but to trust God to provide. As we have seen in the last few days, God abundantly provides his people with water, and with every good thing, when they are in need – but sometimes he makes them wait until their broken cisterns have run dry, their own resources are at an end. We shouldn’t be worrying now about refilling our cisterns or reservoirs, the literal ones or the figurative ones, but should make good use, with thanks, of the bounty which God sends us from heaven.