Water is a source of life.
We need water everyday, but it does happen that we sometimes get too much of a good thing.
A few years back, I gave a horse drawn wagon ride for a local Mennonite family's reunion. They wanted me to take them to an Amish home a few miles from mine, where they were going to look at some quilts. It was a wonderful evening for such a ride and the perfect destination for a horse-drawn hay ride. There were a couple of snags along the way for me though. First off, I told them that twenty people would be a full load and they told me that only twenty wanted to ride. Closer to thirty got on. Then, it was a really warm summer evening and my team was sweating pretty good when we got to my Amish friends home. He came up with a bucket of water and offered some to both of my horses... but they refused. Old John Henry said, "Well, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."
Everyone was having such a good time, when we were ready to leave it was getting dark. One of the family members had brought their grandmother in a small pickup, they followed me back home. With headlights shining through the crowd and horses, we could almost see and be seen. This and insurance purposes are some of the reasons I don't hire my horses out for rides anymore. Sad though, because it was a lot of fun.
Gospel of John, Chapter 4
My desire is to lead my friends to this living water, though, I understand that I can't make them drink.