Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Grace and Peace to you!!
Today’s uplift: The Day that it all changed! True Love became real!
John 4:28-29 “Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’
I will never forget the first time I heard the name of Jesus, I must admit I wasn’t pressed! None of it really made a lot of sense to me and I truly wasn’t in the best state of mind that anything about life made any sense! Life was truly rough, and I had so many scars that I thought to myself “what can this Jesus do for me”? My mind told me that I was broken beyond repair; and what would he associate with someone like me for?
One day, a friend invited me to go to church with her. Honestly, I didn’t want to go at all but she had asked so many times that I had run out of excuses why I could never make it. I said to myself… self…you will be in and out! This is not a long time thing, but I was totally wrong! Something happened in that store front church that Sunday morning, something that still lives within me to this today: I encountered Jesus for the first time! With a heart so tender from hurt it ached, I felt something beautiful that day, I felt true Love, the real kind. The kind that creeps past all the wounded places to take up residence; the kind that would grow over time and transform my whole life. And that’s exactly what it did and stayed some 20 years later!
In today’s key verse, we meet another woman who was wounded. She knew about religion, but nothing about a relationship with God. She longed to belong and, as a result, had accepted less than she deserved in the pursuit. Sounds like some of us! Jesus meets her at noon at Jacob’s well. He is tired and thirsty and asks her for a drink.
As their conversation unfolds, we get a glimpse of how Jesus loves so well. By asking a Samaritan woman for a drink of water, He let her know she had something to offer. He made space for her honest questions and took time to answer them. He already knew about her broken places and gently led her to a loving Heavenly Father. In the end, the Samaritan woman abandons her water jar and runs to the city. “Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’” (John 4:28-29). She can’t wait to tell others about this encounter. The people in town left what they were doing and made their way to Jesus. He remained with the Samaritans for two days. “And they told the woman, ‘We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world’ (John 4:42).
Overcomer, we need to have the same passion and enthusiasm as the woman at the well had! We should be running to share the good news with our families, our friends, at the grocery store, the hair salon or wherever we are that is where we should be sharing the news that He is a loving and amazing savior waiting to love on us! Our test and pain is our most beautiful testimony!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Overcomer!!