As I ponder this story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, there are so many things that made it an unusual occurrence. Firstly, for a Jewish man to talk to a woman, much less a Samaritan woman was rare. Her reputation couldn’t have been pristine if she had five previous husbands and was not married to the man she was currently living with at the time. When His disciples returned and found Him, they, too, were surprised. The one thing that Jesus was positive about, was her receptivity; therefore, her recognition of the Christ as He told her about herself. In her humility , she expressed gratitude for this conversation.
1 Samuel 16:7 states “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.'” Jesus was certainly looking at the Samaritan woman’s heart that day and it remains that way. Today, I will actively work about keeping my heart free from worry, anxiety, jealousy, envy, bitterness and pray that it be filled with grace, love and kindness. That is what God will see.
Today I am praying with the 31st verse of the first chapter of Genesis which states “And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very Good.” To me that means if something is not Good, God did not make it and it is temporal and unreal. This happens when I am viewing something through judgmental and unloving eyes, not through God/Love’s eyes. In 1 Samuel 16:7, it says “the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for the man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
Before actually judging another, do I really know what that person is going through or has gone through? And it never really is about me, but so often, human will and pride wants to say that it is. Today, I pray to not wear my feelings on my sleeve, and to just love more.
Yesterday, when I went for a manicure and was led to the fourth table, and set my purse down, I looked over at a man I had not seen before and his right hand had been badly burned and there was no thumb. This man was going to give me my manicure along with humility. Immediately, I went into prayer, not from pity for this man but to see him through God’s eyes. The verse from 1 Samuel 16:7 came to mind which reads, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'”. Truly, his eyes glowed with Love, intelligence and compassion and I, too, saw his true being.
As I continue to pray to know God better, I see Him everywhere!