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Mission Mondays: Samaritan woman & Ananias

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Where should I start?   So much going on in my head and in my heart as I study and think about the woman at the well.  Have you ever read the story?  Just to refresh your memory, Jesus was wandering along a road in Sychar, a town in Samaria.  The disciples were off getting some food, when Jesus came upon a well and needed a rest.    As Jesus rested by the well, a Samaritan woman came up to draw water.  {oh my word, i love this story…}  Jesus asked, “Will you give me a drink?”  The Samaritan woman was taken back and confused as to why a Jew would be talking to a Samaritan woman.  At this time, there was a barrier between the Jews and the Gentiles.  

{ I have to add here that I love the fact that she probably had hoped to avert any company as she went to draw water from the well.  Different thoughts of this range from most drew water from the well at the end of the day and then there are the young woman at the well that Moses so bravely helped out during the early part of the day.  I would like to think that The Samaritan woman came to the well at a time she probably knew no one was likely to be there.  How often have we done this…  Wanting to just get in and get out!  Ha!  And of all folks, look who she runs into…}

The woman was so surprised that he ask her for a drink.  He doesn’t beat around the bush, just speaks up and ask her a question.  He breaks the ice.  She responds with, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink of water?”  She was taken, surprised that he spoke to her…  he has her full attention.  

Sometimes, we just have to do this, break the ice, and reach out.  I think of the barrier between these two.  How often do we put up barriers, causing us to not reach out, turn the other cheek.  It is so powerful what He shows us here at the well.  I have been in church my whole life.  Hearing stories of those in need.  Learning lessons on discipleship.  Seeing pictures of children stricken with poverty.  Encouraged to reach out to broken men and women.  Seeking out the lost.  But it has been in these last couple of years that I have had this desire to serve as He served.  Everyday, I have asked God to break my heart for the things that breaks His…  Praying this prayer has opened my eyes and my heart.  Every where we turn in life, there seems to be barriers.  Keeping us from reaching out to the lost and the broken.

I just imagine this gentleman, speaking with such boldness, but completely wrapped in gentleness.   He knows her.  He knows her past.  He knows why she is there…  in the middle of the day.  He ask her to go and get her husband, He wants to get the situation out in the open.  He doesn’t want there to be any barriers.  Oh man, to be like Christ!  To not judge, but offer living water.  This is what we are to do, if we could just have this boldness wrapped up in the love of Jesus.  There should be no barriers between us, so that we can easily share the love of Jesus., the Living water!  

This past week, my little Bible study of the Samaritan woman overlapped with the story of Ananias.  This was completely a God thing… 

As my pastor shared the story of Ananias and his obedience the two stories just seemed to melt into one another.    Obedience, boldness, tenderness and truth.  God asked and a little unsure, Ananias questioned his task, but willingly obliged. As a matter of fact, his first words to Saul were, “Brother Saul…”.  

Sometimes we feel the need to question or we see the barriers between, but we should just see Jesus and His love for His people.  He has asked us to go to Nineva, travel to a street called Straight…  we should humbly obey and approach with the boldness and gentleness as Christ.  May we not see barriers or roadblocks, but see people in need of the Living water.

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