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.
After Church yesterday, there was a celebration for a retiring couple moving away to an another area. For years the woman had been over the Music Department of our Church and had worked tirelessly to make sure the service goes smoothly. When different people thanked her for all of her work, I was amazed at what all she did each week. I just go every Sunday and enjoy our service and music and had no idea the work that was being done behind the scenes since I was not involved.
This morning, I began to ponder about all the things I take for granted. Colossians 4:2 reads, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” From electricity in our home to shows we attend, I will become more appreciative for everything.
Earlier today when I went to the store to buy groceries, the woman who checked me out was very rude and negative. As I prayed about how to handle her, I was reminded of Genesis 1:26-27 where it states, “Then God said, “let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.”
Now as I thought on this while still looking at her, I began to pray to know the truth about her as well because those verses are all-inclusive. As I left, I told her to have a blessed day and my heart lifted. As I heard her complain, I thought about “Complaint being poverty” and “Gratitude being riches”. The entire trip home I prayed about her and vaguely remembered a time when I would have reacted to her rudely. That was so long ago and never a part of who I am, nor could it be her.
When talking with a sculptor once, he told me the perfect idea of the piece was always there and it was revealed as he sculpted away all the excess that didn’t belong. Isn’t that the very same with man? God’s perfect child is always there, but sometimes certain ungodlike traits need to be corrected and released.
Romans 8:28 reads, “We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.” Understanding the Divine is always available to us as we approach God with gratitude and humility and expectance! As we realize our perfection more, we are able to see it in others.