Our lives are filled with events that mark the calendars of our life journey. We get married, have a child, or maybe have a debilitating auto accident. These events are life-changing. They are not just everyday happenings, but things that often occur only once in our lives.
For the Samaritan woman, it was while performing one of her daily responsibilities that became a once-in-a-life-time experience. Let us go with her in our minds and spirit and walk with the lonely, isolated and outcast Samaritan woman as she meets a mysterious man at the well where she draws.
The Pharisees did not like John because he was converting many disciples. They liked Jesus even less, when they heard he was converting more disciples than John and having his disciples baptize those coming to Him. When Jesus heard the Pharisees knew of Him, He departed Judea and started toward Galilee. But, John wrote, Jesus needed to go through Samaria.
If you own a Bible and look at the last pages, you will likely find a map of Israel and will see the shortest distance between the region of Judea and Galilee, or Tiberius, is straight through Samaria. But why would John make this point to say Jesus needed to go through Samaria? Simply because the Jews hated the Samaritans. So much hatred did the Jews have toward the Samaritans, they would not even set foot on their land and would walk around Samaria up along the Jordan River. Jesus had to go there, because He had an appointment with a women at the well.
God has appointments He is keeping today. As you go through your day, doing your everyday chores, you may find yourself having a life-changing moment as you encounter God going out of His way to meet with you. This moment can pass you right by, if you do not pay close attention to His presence in your life. I encourage you to ask God to help you see how God goes out of His way to minister to you “in your everyday life.”
Next week, we will see how the Lord ministers to the woman at the well.