Week 39   Day 3

 

 

conversations are significant barometers of our spirit 

            they start out casually before moving to the heart 

                        then we tend to draw back if it gets too close 

                                    what would happen if others know us too well

           

             

to speak deeply about things in our sharing and confessions

            revealing ourselves in our boasting and regrets 

                        holding up a mirror showing who we are 

                                    there is chance and risk in that 

                                   

so we revert to the safety of weather observations 

            will it be rain or sunshine hot or cold 

                        and no one knows our moods or feelings

                                    there is loneliness in that isolation 

 

Jesus encountered a woman at the well who came at noon

            the safest time of day to avoid talking or being talked about 

                        but she was about to have a conversation

                                    that would change her life forever

 

where is your husband 

            that question was symbolic for her sin

                        which had to be acknowledged and dealt with

                                    before she could receive God's gift of living water

 

the temptation is to keep conversation superficial 

            to deal with facts rather than faith 

                        to deal with comments rather than commitment 

                                    to get the light off us and on to something else 

 

how is your conversation with Jesus going  

 

                                                                             ----rus

 

 

 

                                   AN ETERNAL SPRING
                         Jesus was thirsty, she had a jug; 
    she was thirsty, Jesus offered an ever-flowing fountain.
                                                  John 4

 

    5Jesus came to a city of Samaria called Sychar.  6Jacob's well

was there.  Jesus, being wearied from His journey, sat by the

well.  It was about the sixth hour (noon).  7A woman came to

draw water.  Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."  8His disciples

had gone into the city to buy food.  9The woman said, "How is

it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan

woman?"  For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

    10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who

it is who says, 'Give Me a drink', you would have asked Him,

and He would have given you living water."

    11The woman said, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with. 

Where do You get that living water?  12Are You greater than our

father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself?"

    13Jesus said, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

14but whoever drinks of the water I give will never thirst.  It

will become in him a fountain springing up into everlasting life."

    15The woman said, "Sir, give me this water."  16Jesus said to

her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."  17The woman

answered, "I have no husband."  Jesus said to her, "You have

well said, 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom

you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

    19The woman said to him, "Sir, You are a prophet.   20Our

fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in

Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship."  21Jesus

said, "Neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem.  23True

worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the

Father is seeking such to worship Him."

    25The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming.  When

He comes, He will tell us all things."  26Jesus said, "I who

speak to you am He."  27At this point His disciples came, and

marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one asked why? 

    28The woman then left her waterpot, went into the city, and

said,  29"Come, see  a Man who told me all things that I ever

did.  Could this be the Christ?"  30They went out to Him.

    39Many of the Samaritans of that city believed, 40so they

urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 

41Many more believed.  42They said to the woman, "Now we

believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves heard

Him and we know this is the Christ, the Savior of the world."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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