‘If you only knew what a wonderful gift God has for you, and who I am, you would ask me for some living water.” John 4:10 TLB
Read John // Chapter 4:1-26
In the 1993 film, Jurassic Park, scientists take DNA samples from dinosaur bones and genetically build these creatures to inhabit the earth. Thus, creating chaos where dinosaurs chase and literally destroy humans that spans over five films in the Jurassic Park franchise. Sometimes as humans we can step out of God’s plan for our lives and do things “our way” over God’s way. Great men and women did in the Bible, too. Men and women of faith like Abraham and Sarah to people Jesus encountered on a day to day basis.
Jesus talks to a woman at the well…
ONE of my favorite stories in the New Testament. This story about Jesus’ encounter has so much to learn from on many levels. One area that can get overlooked is that Jesus didn’t avoid going through Samaria when most “pure” Jews would have. The Samaritans were a mixed race of North Kingdom Jews resulting from Jews deported to Assyria years back when the Jews fell to the Assyrians. Southern Kingdom Jews wanted nothing to do with them and most avoided even traveling through the area. Jesus, always breaking the rules when love was at hand, finds himself at a well in the middle of the area of Samaria. No reputable Jew would have find themselves there.
A woman comes at noon, away from the normal time most went to the well to get water everyday. She was avoiding being with other women who come to the well, too, because she had some sort of shady reputation and wanted to protect herself from their remarks, posts and tweets. Married five times in a culture where that wasn’t keen on divorce, she was caught on the edge of cultural norms. Again, Jesus breaks through and offers her what no one else can….living water. He looks past her issues, her past marriages and without judgement gives her HOPE that she in turns takes back to the village she lives. Jesus spends TWO more days there ministering because her testimony is so strong. He uses the backdrop of her past to paint a new picture of her future. He has this way of taking something old, something mistaken, something outside of God’s plan for your life and doing something new.
Did you know that Jesus can polish a turd? Yah, I said it. Referring to that old expression that even the toughest of things in our lives can turn into something beautiful if we surrender those things to God. The Japanese have an art form they call….durodango. Durodango is where earth and water are molded to create a delicate shiny sphere, resembling a billiard ball. And, this same technique can be used with dung instead of dirt. Yeah, can you believe it? After the dung, dirt and water are mixed together a round ball can be formed that is dried and then polished up to 8 hours a day for three days straight! What unfolds is a beautiful sphere that has a sheen that rivals even a gemstone.
Why is this significant? Because its a reminder that God can take what we mess up and use it for his glory. He can use it to strengthen our lives. Our heavenly Father doesn’t waste our mistakes. God’s plans can incorporate people’s mistakes. Our Savior has the ability to take what we try to “create” that goes amuck, just like the genetically built dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and turn it around for good when we surrender our lives to him.
Be Encouraged! Father is working on your behalf!