Water and the Word: Seeing What's in Front of You

Seeing What's in Front of You

The deeper you dive 

into the LWW world 

of clean water for all God's children, 

the more your focus changes. 


In the beginning, when your blueprint 

for mission is formless - 

or at least, loosely formed and blank - 

things like trips, and budgets, and timetables 

scroll across the screen like ducks 

at a carnival shooting gallery; 


and you want to get them 

in a row, if not finish them off, 

so you can cross a finish line. 


Once you've ventured beyond 

the paper and numbers, 

you find yourself face to face with partners; 

people with hopes, dreams, and needs; 

you begin to see similarities 

far outreaching differences. 


These companions are tethered 

to plans and dreams with you; 

both of you, focused 

on improving a community's future, 

one batch of filtered water at a time. 


It's usually not until you return 

for reunions that your mind slows down 

long enough to let you see what's been 

in front of your heart all along: 


children and families 

in their homes and everyday lives, 

doing a lot of the same things 

you do in yours; only now, 

because you're woven together 

by water, time spent, and stories shared, 

their dreams are raised 

to levels you've always taken for granted. 


Now, you see how 

you've all been transformed - 

by trips, budgets, partners, 

and water, to be sure - 

but on more visceral and spiritual levels, 

by the faces, narratives, and dreams 

now freely flowing through homes 

and communities across the globe. 

© 2017 Todd Jenkins


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