Don’t ever stop digging

I read a story the other day and wanted to share it with you.

A few years ago Tyler Perry says he was getting these really insane water bills. So he decided to dig some wells in his yard to have water for his landscape. Since he lived alone he knew the bills had to be coming from watering the grass so he hired a company to come out and dig the wells. The foreman and he walked all around his yard and as they were walking the foreman started putting down flags. Mr. Perry asked what the flags were for and the foreman replied, “The flags represent good places to dig for water.” Mr. Perry then asked, “Why do you have so many flags?” The foreman replied again, “I’m not sure if any of these places will produce water.” Mr. Perry then said, “Hold up, you mean if you dig all these spots and don’t hit water I still have to pay you?” The foreman looked at him and answered, “Yes, that’s how it goes.” Needless to say, he dug three wells and never hit water. So at that point Mr. Perry told him to just stop digging.

And then he got a few more extreme water bills and decided to call him back. The foreman asked, “Are you sure?” He was then told to keep drilling until he hit water. The next well he dug was down 500 feet and he still didn’t hit any water. He was still told to go deeper.

The foreman dug down another 200 feet and still nothing. And again Mr. Perry told him to keep digging. He drilled another 200 feet and he hit rock. Mr. Perry then told him to blast it, cut it, and do whatever has to be done but just to keep digging. After fighting the rock and breaking his drill and getting a new one the foreman got a little deeper and said to Mr. Perry, “We are at 1,200 feet, why do you want me to keep going?” And Mr. Perry responded saying that he was just tired of the insane water bills and wanted to put a stop to it. The foreman told him that they were really very deep now and still no water and Mr. Perry once again told him to just keep digging.

The foreman then said “But you don’t understand, we don’t usually drill this deep, this is going to be expensive.” And Mr. Perry’s response was, “Sometimes you have to go deeper to get what you are after, no matter what the cost.” The foreman started the machine and went down another four inches and then, lo and behold, he hit a river of water. Just a few inches was what separated them from getting the breakthrough and the well has never run dry for the past five years.

Tyler Perry went on to say this: “In 2013 everyone needs to apply that to our life in all ways. Sometimes we will spend time on a thing and it will produce no water. But don’t be afraid to move on to another spot. Don’t have fear. Don’t worry about how much time you put into it. If the well is dry MOVE ON! Be it a relationship, a job, a business; don’t be afraid to move to another spot. Now, on the other hand, if you are digging your well and you are sure that it is where you want or need to be or where God wants you to be, then keep digging in that same spot and don’t stop digging until you hit your river of blessings. Don’t stop pushing until you deliver your breakthrough. Yes, it will get difficult. Yes, you may hit rock. Yes, there will be a cost. But when you get to what God is trying to get you to, YOU WILL RECOVER IT ALL!

Some people give up when they are only inches away. So DIG, PEOPLE, DIG! And tell me how your week is going at [email protected]

Catherine Tyson is the author of I’m Somebody’s Mama and host of the Lighten Up Show With Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27.

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