One of the attributes that I personally love about God is that he puts everything in our reach. All we have to do is grab ahold of what we need as he offers us such wonderful gifts. An example of this is in John 4 where the bible speaks of a Samaritan woman who was just going to get water from a well. This woman clearly had a lot on her mind like most of us do. But Jesus would graciously interrupt her agenda in order to speak with her despite the possibility of being ridiculed for associating with this kind of woman and visiting Samaria to do so.
John 4: 16-18
“Jesus told her, go fetch your husbands and come back here,” the woman answered “But I have no husband,” Jesus said to her “You are right to say you do not have a husband. Really you have had five husbands, and the man you live with now is not your husband. You told the truth.”
And as I reflect on such an encounter, I’m reminded that this same type of invitation, probing, tender-loving care, and ability to “grab ahold and reach” is offered by Jesus Christ even now. But instead, he comes “knocking at the doors” of our hearts offering an opportunity to have a similar conversation. God forbid when he “knocks,” we don’t give him an opportunity to come in.
It doesn’t matter the circumstances we find ourselves in or what we have done – we can “open the door” to Jesus’ invitation and allow him to have that one conversation with us that will change our lives forever. I once had to “open the door” and have this same conversation with such a loving God. Even though Jesus died on the cross in the most brutal way, he still walks into our lives at the most unexpected times and in the most amazing ways.
I remember going through a phase in my life where I felt unworthy of his love and forgiveness. I had to realize that Jesus risked everything (including his life) for women like me.
I could no longer function on my own. I had found the “water” that quenched my thirst.
“Everyone who drinks this this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks water I give you will never be thirsty. The water I give you will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.”
We hosted a two-day Online Retreat last month where I’ve personally learned a lot and want to share more with you about John 4. CLICK on the image to view the recording.