The following note was found in a baking powder can that was wired to the handle of an old fashioned pump that offered the only hope of drinking water on a very long and seldom used trail across the Amargosa Desert.
THIS PUMP is alright as of June, 1932. I put a new sucker-washer in this pump and it ought to last 5 years or more. But the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock just below, I buried a bottle of water and sealed the spout with a cork. There is just enough water to prime the pump. IF YOU DRINK ANY OF THE WATER, there will not be enough to prime the pump. Pour one-fourth of the water in the pump and let it soak into the leather sucker-washer for about three minutes. Then, pour the rest of the water from the bottle into the pump and pump like crazy! You will get plenty of cool, clear, clean water.
The well has never run dry. When you get all the water you want or need, please fill the bottle and put it back as you found it for the next person. REMEMBER, don't drink the water first; prime the pump and you'll get all you can drink. TRUST ME!
Okay...trust me! Ever hear of this thing called "delayed gratification?" It's about paying the price first...then enjoying the reward comes later. You see, in life, the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. And the elevator to success is out of order...you must climb to success one step at a time. This might be a tough life lesson, but it's the only way. Think about Jesus Christ and his life...he spent thirty years of his life in preparation for only three years of ministry! Moses spent 40 years in the palace of Pharaoh, then 40 years in the desert for 40 years of leadership/ministry.
"A man's wisdom gives him patience" (Proverbs 19:11).