A God of Surprises
During Lent I made a retreat, and the theme of it was on the woman at the well, the Samaritan woman. This is one of the longest conversations Jesus has documented in Bible. After Jesus had been in the desert tempted and without food or water. He came to the city midday and was physically weak. He found this woman fetching water. Jesus asked her for a drink. And we later read that Jesus reveals he is the Messiah. Jesus tells the woman of her past. She has had five husbands. Despite what he knew about her Jesus wanted to speak with her. At the end of the story the woman leaves without her jug of water. (John 4:4-42) There is a lot to take away if you read this passage. She forgot why she came to the well. Jesus is the one that gives the life of living water and since she experienced Jesus who is pure love,he changed her life. She was ready to begin again.
Jesus’ words are not condemning her. He is super gentle when speaking to her. This woman had free will, like we all do. She knew that her past ways did not bring her happiness. She was thirsting for true love. Jesus in fact was her seventh love. Jesus gave her dignity and did not treat her with malice for having committed adultery.
She was transformed and God was able to work through her. She became a great evangelizer.
“Come now, let us argue it out says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow, though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” Isaiah :1:18
He wants a totally overhaul of our past life. We all have something that we did that we are not proud of. Nevertheless God asks us to trust that He has a plan for us. He hopes that we can learn from our mistakes and to turn away from sin. There has to be deep repentance so God can be present in our lives. Becoming a witness starts with a conversation. That conversion can be – Jesus I welcome you into my heart. I want to learn how to pray. And by doing that you have already begun to pray. God can heal our brokenness. From this meditation I understood that God does not want us to be afraid of our past. He wants to move us forward. You will see that when you learn to forgive yourself of your past, God is already working through you. He will surprise you.