Bring your bucket and come to the well.  No, the scripture doesn’t actually say that but it does say,

Heb. 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Boldly is used over 40 times in the scripture; most of the time it means something like “aggressively”; for instance, when Paul spoke boldly. I have seen some who “strut their stuff” when expounding on this scripture and boldly/arrogantly  declare that they are going to ask God why such and such happened on this earth.

I suggest that one should be bold in a very humble way! Is that possible?  Let me give you an example.

Check Esther 4:16 Jews fasted for three days after which in Chapter 5:1..Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood …(before the king)… She was bold to go to the king but she prepared herself as royally as possible before she went and she stood before the king until he recognized her.

Going before the king is not a time for arrogance and it is important that we have wrapped ourselves in the holy righteousness of Jesus Christ through whom we obtain mercy and grace.

With that in mind I share the following verse which I copied out of a Billy Graham magazine many years ago.

     Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my           empty cup,

     Uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment.

     If only I had known you better,

     I’d have come running with a bucket.

              (Nancy Spiegelberg, Ohio)*

Run to him with your “bucket” and let him fill you with his mercy and with his grace.


*Hopefully I have not broken any copyright laws in using this poem.  I have tried to find more information but failed. I cut this poem from the magazine forty/fifty years ago.  It has been a blessing to me.  Thanks, Nancy, wherever you are.

Image:  Pixabay

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. “I’d have come running with a bucket.” I love that, too!

  2. Love your explanation using Queen Esther….being humbly bold.

  3. Faye says:

    Thank you. There is no scripture to say that we can take a bucket but scriptures do affirm that from the Throne Room of God there is a river that never shall run dry. Jesus said….. I will give you living water. (living…….ever flowing…..life giving) We are to partake through the Word and relationship with HIM. Everything that come to us from Christ. At the Cross sins forgiven Now accepting the sacrifice and knowing we can COME UNTO HIM. How blessed indeed are ALL who have chosen to follow.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I am reminded of the widow in the Old Testament who sent her sons to gather all the bottles they could get for the miracle of the oil. God kept filling until they were all full. If they had brought more containers or larger containers, God would have given them more. At least I think so. So if we sincerely expect to receive from Him, we should take containers big enough. He will fill from the River of Living Water. Thanks, Faye. Be blessed.

  4. grAnnie Roo says:

    This is my new favorite Oneta post!

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