Join us over the next week as we look at encounters Jesus has with people living in their Hot Mess to help clear up yours...
A Hot Mess
Day 1 - The Well
John 4:21-24 NIV
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
As author and speaker Mike Yaconelli said in his book, “Messy Spirituality”…
"I just want to be remembered as a person who loved God, who served others more than he served himself, who was trying to grow in maturity and stability. I want to have more victories than defeats, yet here I am, almost 60, and I fail on a regular basis.”
Life is messy. There is no doubt about it. In fact, often it can feel like a “hot mess.” A slang term in the Urban Dictionary used to describe a “situation that has gone disastrously bad.” Sometimes the “hot mess” of life comes from circumstances we can’t control and sometimes we are the masterminds behind our own chaos. No matter the case, we can find ourselves feeling hopeless to make anything good come out of life’s muddy situations. Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman in the book of John who is in the depths of a hot mess. She is drawing water at noontime by herself because she is a woman who felt shamed by her own self and probably her community. Jesus breaks religious rules and sits with her asking for a drink. Jews and Samaritans didn’t drink water together not to mention live life side by side. But, he takes a moment to reach in and listen to her mess. She was a woman searching for identity. She was a woman trying to find hope through relationships. She was a woman who was trying to believe in some sort of truth. After all, she did choose Jacob’s well to bring her empty water jar too be filled. But, old religions and past heroes couldn’t change the fact that she had FIVE marriages gone bad and was working on the 6th living with a man. Sounds like a bad Lifetime Channel movie? It was worse because it was real. Gently, Jesus doesn’t focus on the MESS but the way to step out of it. The first step started with helping her thirst for something beyond the water she would receive from the deep well in front of her. It was the LIVING WATER that Jesus wanted to pour into her heart. Grace. Forgiveness. Hope. All ways that could help her take the hot mess she was living and turn it into a beautiful life. All she needed to do was…believe.
Putting Jesus first in our personal lives is the key to working through life’s ugliest situations. When he is at the center of our hearts its not that we don’t experience pain or fail like Yaconelli states but we learn to overcome life’s hot messes by listening to the heart of our God through the words and life of his son.
How thirsty are you to know Jesus? The more of him your soul quenches the more you can deal with life’s hottest messes.
*Read the entire account in the book of John chapter 1:1-42.