By: Ely Lagajino
“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water…will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14 (NKJV)
With the absence of a doctor, they carried Eli to their adviser. “What do you feel, right now?” Adviser Lito asked.
“I feel dizzy… I see stars…going around my head… right now”, Eli struggled to speak. Adviser Lito immediately got a glass of water and asked Eli to drink it immediately.
“No,” Douglas, the biggest and oldest boy, grabbed the glass of water. “Eli lost so much blood. If he drinks water, the more blood will come out because it’s high tide.” He commanded. There was a heated argument.
“That’s a superstitious belief; this is supposed to be our lesson tomorrow” Adviser Lito contested. He showed the book, saying that 90% of the body is composed of water. “Eli is dehydrated, he needs to drink water.” Sir Lito forced Eli to hold the glass of water.
The big pupil gave way with a warning, “do not blame me if more blood comes out”. Adviser Lito wanted Eli to drink water so he won’t collapse, and to regain strength. After drinking the fourth glass of water Eli said that he had enough. Adviser Lito insisted that he complete the eight glasses of water, but Eli’s grade five stomach could not hold any more of it.
“Thank you, sir, for the water, “I’ll drink the rest later maybe during low tide,” Eli managed to speak with a grin. Everyone laughed and was relieved.
Then Adviser Lito prescribed, “Eat ripe guava 3x a day, wash your wound every night from the boiled young guava leaves. Always wrap your wound with a clean t-shirt soaked in water and don’t forget to drink eight glasses of water whether high tide or low tide.”
The next day, Eli led the boys in asking forgiveness, as he surrendered the classroom keys to his aunt. His wound healed after a month.
According to the Bible, Jesus is the living water and the scar on Eli’s left hand constantly reminded him of the living water that saved his life.