There is one line in a piece of ancient writing you’ve likely heard quoted, “my cup runneth over.” You may not have afternoon tea in your world but if you did, it’s not likely that you would want your cup to be filled to overflowing. That’s just not proper etiquette. Because I’m curious about words, I did a little research on this idea of running over or overflowing. In the original language, it’s the word saturated.
Across a large part of Texas in February, we experienced rain and more rain. The ground was fully saturated and then we had a full day of even more rain. I live in a home that backs up to a a sweet little golf course pond. When the pond gets full, there is a spillway that carries the over flow into a creek just a few yards away. On this particular day, the pond was full, the spillway was carrying water as fast as it could into the creek, and the creek was directing the run off into the nearest river. At the same time, the rivers we’re filling the lakes and reservoirs all over the area. The rain continued and for a few hours the golf course flooded as it waited for all the canals to catch up with the rate at which rain was coming down.
Saturated. Things were saturated that day and as a result everyone benefited, not just the pond. The creeks were filled, the rivers were filled, the underground reservoirs were filled, the lakes were filled.
As I was looking at this poem King David wrote a lifetime ago, it struck me that a cup that overflows, overflows for the good of everyone else. That’s not a statement that reflects how great our life is, although that’s typically how we use it. It’s a statement that reflects how much we are impacting, improving, investing, and pouring into the lives of others.
It’s just a little different perspective on a very familiar phrase. Where’s the overflow of your life going? Who is benefiting from it?