Jesus met the woman at the well. She described Him as a stranger and yet was compelled to know Him more.
It is the same with me, the same with us.
I consider myself lucky that it’s not the same face to face chronological recitation of my wrongs, rather the knowing that He knows and with no need for discussion speaks gently to my soul saying,
“Lisa Anne, let’s move on.”
Move with me now, not against me.
And like the woman drawing out her supply of water, I allow myself to go without far too long and I come back to the well.
“The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?”
John 4:11 ESV
He tells her. She asks to be quenched of her thirst and Jesus suggests she go and fetch her husband to join them.
She tells him she’s not married and He answers like a parent who’s been carefully observing and waiting for the proper time for telling,
Yes, I know. I know what you have done. I know you have a reputation.
I know you’ve been with many men.
She’s surprised, not humiliated or else I believe she would’ve run. Imagine a man you consider a stranger being bold enough to confront your attempt to cover.
It’s time for new water, He says, let me share mine with you.
And she accepted His offer.
Then she left her water jar beside the well and ran quickly to tell others.
“So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
John 4:28-29 ESV
Changed by her encounter she had much to say. She couldn’t wait!
I sat with someone this week who came asking for help for someone other than herself. She brought him along, his eyes were sad and yet, open to change.
Desperate for a resolution, she said she thought I might know more and phone calls on speaker were made, options discussed and possible plans suggested.
The conversation shifted. She was tired, I was right, her choice was wrong, what will she do now?
I suggested the same as I suggested before and reminded her how I thought her mama life should line up now.
Straightforward responses that caused the troubled one with her to lift his face in surprise that I might be so bold.
He commented, “I like you, you shoot straight.”
She sat still, face towards her lap and I told him it’s only a small amount of time I get someone within my reach and so if I want to help, I don’t hold back on my words.
“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
John 4:39 ESV
If I have opportunity to tell, Lord, help me to tell. Me
The door opened wider and she told me she’d gotten away from God, that she doesn’t seek Him, doesn’t make time.
She said it began weeks ago.
I told her I knew, that I had seen it in her eyes, in the way we’d met before and she’d insisted all was good; but, she hurried away and shot out the door.
On this day she sat and I suggested what I know to be true, a true indication of my own distance from or closeness to God.
Begin to pray again, read your Bible, get quiet.
Look in the mirror today and then continue, coming back to it and remember the mirror now in comparison to before.
You’ll like what you see, your eyes more open, your cheeks back up and resting where they belong, your smile will be not of your own making, instead from Him.
It’ll be like you are singing your song again, dancing your dance.
Joy will be your reflection. Your spirit no longer thirsting for whatever was wasted on your attempts to quench it.
This I know, because I know.
I’ve tested my suggestion, I’m well acquainted with my countenance either content or conflicted.
This morning, I woke and prayed:
God help me to tell others the things you have told me.
Things like the mirror story, I tell it because it is mine and things like meeting Jesus and the mercy of His knowing my wrongs.
And remembering them no more.
There’s a song that sounds like love to me.
The lyrics and the tone sway gently with its story, Jesus holding us close and taking the lead, leading me on in a dance of love.
You steady me.
You set my feet to dancing.
Listen and you might better understand the love of Jesus, the way He says come near, stay near, dance with me now and forever.
Beautiful is our reflection.
When it is from Him.