The Boat Bath (AKA ‘Oh We of Little Faith’)

“Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭

See that?

It’s our dugout.

It’s the reason our boat took a bath and needed – er, a gentle rescue.

The whole thing was pretty unexpected, given the circumstances. And it highlights our lack of faith in some ways.

But perhaps I should start at the beginning…

Last year was the driest year on record for decades. It hardly rained. The dugout pictured above is a crucial source of water in a yard with no viable well. It holds rainwater through the summer season but it is designed to fill in the spring with the runoff from melting snow.

Except last year, nothing ran in. Not even a trickle.

So as the season progressed, and I pulled water out with the pump we have set up, I got mighty close to draining it.

Hence the boat.

Hubby needed this old boat to reposition the pump and make sure it was still submerged as the water levels lowered.

He pulled it into the bank when he was finished, well above the present water levels, thinking it was safe until the spring.

Ha ha.

The joke was on us.

We prayed for the dugout to fill. It sounds crazy, but water is that important.

We prayed.

And yet, we thought as the snow melted it was all soaking in and wouldn’t run enough to fill.

That’s where the ‘Oh Ye of little faith’ part comes in.

Yesterday, Hubby tracked through the snow – yes, we still have snow – to the dugout in his tractor. He asked for my assistance. See, the boat, perched where it was well above the water level last fall, was now almost submerged with the lovely water streaming in.

It was a real boat bath.

We performed the rescue. But mmmm I guess it may have been a bit of a pain, but we were above feeling it’s pinch. Why?

We are just so glad to see that dugout full.

In fact, it’s so full, it started to overflow.


And just a wee bit like the life of faith.

We pray. We make plans. And then again and again, we are amazed at God’s provision. More times than not, He over provides – provides gifts that fill to the brim, and then overflow.

Oh we of little faith.

God is in the business of providing – oxygen. Food. Families. Homes. Friends. Love.

Good gifts, all.

Filled to the brim, and running over.

When we have needs, we can approach His throne freely and ask for what we lack. And in His own good time and wisdom, He provides. It doesn’t always look the way we expect – but He provides.

Grow your faith a little with me?

Father, You give good gifts! Open our eyes to the ways in which You step in on our behalf to gift us with what we need. Help us to have thankful hearts and eyes to see Your provision. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at, and my poetry is stashed at Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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