Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Desert Pete

My sister read Sunday's post, then forwarded the story to me.

“Desert Pete”

Some years ago, a seldom used trail in the Amargosa Desert in California, there stood a rundown hut. Nearby was a well, the only source of water for miles around. Attached to the pump was a thin baking powder can with a message inside, written in pencil on a sheet of brown wrapping paper. This was the message...

This pump is all right as of June 1932. I put a new sucker washer into it and it ought to last five years. But, the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water, out of the sun and the cork end up. There‘s enough water in it to prime this pump, but not if you drink some water first. Pour in about 1/4, and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast, and begin to pump. You‘ll get water. The well never has run dry. Have faith. When you get watered up, fill the bottle, and put it back like you found it for the next feller. Signed, Desert Pete
Ps. don’t go drinking up all the water first! Prime the pump and you can get all the water you want.
Don’t be selfish. Deny yourself. Seek God’s kingdom first, and God will care for you.

3 comments:

The Pink Birdhouse said...

Hi! I was so pleased to see that you had left comment while visiting my humble blog. Always wonderful to "meet" new friends here on blogger!

What a nice post. I loved reading about the water pump, and of course the message that it gives to each of us. Well written!

I will be back again. greetings from germany ~~ Debby

Secondary Roads said...

I do remember those pumps, and some of them needed to be primed if you were to get any water. Wonderful story and lesson here my friend.

vanilla said...

Debby: Thanks for visiting! I look forward to your posts on TPB!

Chuck: The lessons in patience that we learned in our youth have also inspired our exercise of faith.