Etty Hillesum was a Jewish writer who lived in eastern Netherlands and wrote a series of diaries from 1941-1943. She largely ignored the German occupiers in her writing. But in 1942 Jews were forced to wear the star of David. She died in Auschwitz on Nov. 30, 1943 at age 29. The following quote is from her diaries.
“There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there too. But more stones and grit block the well, and God is buried beneath. Then God must be dug out again.”
That is something to think about as we look at our relationship with God. Etty was onto something if we read her in the context of Jesus conversation with the woman at the well. Remember he said, “The water that I give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Etty is right, there is a deep well within us where Christ dwells as a fountain gushing living water. Perhaps Lent is a time to dig out the blockages we have thrown into the well within us hindering the water of life from quenching our thirst for the living God. (Ps. 42:2)