12.12.2012

I Am That Woman




  He purposed to be there that day.
There was no getting around that fact. (John 4:1-42) and once more the Master defied the disciples plans for their teacher. They shook their heads in disbelief, yet there they were in Samaria, a place despised by the Jews of the day. Jesus led them there and then once more showed them that the ways of the Father are not the ways of the children. He was showing them they had much to learn of the Father's unconditional love, grace and mercy. So off they went to get food ...but Jesus stayed behind.
            There she was, doing her best to avoid the judgment and criticism of the people which she believed she deserved, anyway. She knew exactly when it was best to draw water from this well to avoid the abrasive remarks, cutting stares and uncomfortable confrontations. Yet she could not avoid this one appointment with destiny at the hands of the pursuing, loving and everlasting reach Jesus purposed for that day.
            He looked at her and with love embraced her total being, it seemed he could see into her very soul. And he could. She knew he was a prophet, but learned he was much more. Knowing all, he spoke words of acceptance, grace and truth. Living Water was offered to quench the thirst that no ordinary water can offer. 

Spiritual renewal, refreshment and life eternal came to the woman at the well that day as Messiah revealed himself to her.
            His invitation stands today...

He offers the truth of His living water to the lowly, despised and forgotten as well as all who long for truth. He himself makes a way to meet us where we are whether on the beaten path or the well hid road. Jesus "had to go through Samaria".  (NIV) Is it any wonder why? His Father had a meeting planned for salvation for one who would then share with many. How I have visualized this scene over and over again in my mind. It is such encouragement to me.

            I know the story so well, 
for I am that woman 
who met Jesus at the well of truth , 
and after receiving His Living Water, went on to share  his truth with many.      
     
            Oh, what a wonderful Savior! He loves us to the uttermost, transforms us by His grace and embraces us in the everlasting love for eternity.

            Thank you Jesus that you care enough to take the road less travelled to reach those of us that might otherwise be overlooked. Thank you for quenching the thirst of my soul with your love everlasting. Thank you for the woman at the well who is forever a lesson to me of your love, grace and truth for all.


            “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? " 
Matthew 18:12


"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" by Guercino  No. 635
This  is a photo of the tiny collotype framed print
included in the a small private collection in my home office!

*This post was originally written and published as my very first guest post in the bloggy world!
@Melinda Todd's Blog: Trailing After God



*This post is part of The 12 Days of Blog Posts, Weekends and Wednesdays in December!*


6 comments:

  1. You are such an awesome woman of God, love you.

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  2. Oh how I love that His grace transforms us! God believes in us even if we don’t believe in ourselves, and even when we are facing some pretty hard things in life, confidence will open the doors and free us from countless hours of wasted worry. By choosing to trust God no matter what, we can say and believe that in any situation we can accept ourselves as we are,grow and become stronger to become the person He wants us to be. Excellent words Dawn!

    Blessings and love,
    Denise

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  3. This is such an encouraging and timely word. His grace and kindness toward us takes my breath away. So glad you shared it with us! Thank you.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Karen :)

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  4. You put this so beautifully. Blessings to you!
    Sylvia R @ sylvrpen.com

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  5. I want that water, too. I am this woman. You put it into words so beautifully. :)

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  6. I love how he really sees her and loves her, anyway. It really is a story laced with hope.

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