"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"divining" water

Down by where we get building sand we saw a well driller and a whole boatload of people working. Months ago we saw some people from the Chongwe Council out walking around looking for water (we stopped and asked them what they were doing). The guy had some sort of “machine” attached to him. So this has gotten me thinking more about how people used to “divine water”. Now, in one of my bible dictionaries, it says Divination is: An attempt to contact supernatural powers to determine answers to questions hidden to humans and usually involving the future. —Holman Bible Dictionary.
We’ve probably all seen the old movies (even cartoons!) of the water diviners out with their “Y” stick, waiting for it to shake. So what is that?? Is there some property in water that is attracted to something in wood? Or here is another one-someone in the states told us about a woman that came out with a watch and stopped over some spot. She said dig here and you will hit water at 150 feet, but if you go to 300 feet it will be a much better vein. Guess what? She was right on! How did that watch tell her that?
For some reason, I seem to be okay with the guy and the machine-seems more “scientific” to me for some reason. Is there any other science to the stick or watch or any other method?
Water Diviners-how do they work? Is “diviner” the right word? Are they seeking info (consciously or not) from a spirit of divination?

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