This week I have been reading about the disciples who walked with Jesus (John chapters 6 & 7) and seeing how they were actually JUST LIKE US! Now I know that’s no surprise but it sometimes makes me laugh to read (and visualize) some of the discussions the disciples had with Jesus. They just remind me of ME. Yep, I said it. There is absolutely no way we can read the Bible and not see ourselves. If you can’t, you have deceived no one —- except you. So kick it in gear and in the right perspective; realizing the disciples were no different from us. …and just LOL! You’ll feel better.
Anyway, I love verse 1 of John 7:
After these things (the turning away of some of Jesus’ disciples) Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry (Judea), because the Jews sought to kill him.
The immediate attention-grabber for me is that there are just some places that even Jesus avoided. Not because he was afraid but because he knew there were people there who wanted to (intended, purposed, planned and schemed) to kill him!
Here’s myBLUF (bottom line up front): Some so-called friends are not going to understand your decision to do and live better. So what! Be smart about who you hang out with and where you go. Jesus knew that if he went into Judea – at that time – he was going to be challenged unnecessarily by people who really didn’t know who he was. And many of them only followed him for the miracles (and blessings).
So why put yourself in situations that you know are dangerous for you? So what if “everybody else is doing it, or everyone else is going.” You can choose to be a follower and get deeper into a rut or you can choose to take authority over your life and cling to good success by doing what pleases God. Yes! You can turn things around if you just trust the leading of God. Trust him to guide you when you let go and follow his direction. (Proverbs 3: 4-6)
Jesus’ mission was to do the will of God — even when his own disciples (those closest to him) didn’t believe. He clung to what he was sent to do and kept his eye on the Father which led him — to the right places at the right time. It wasn’t quite time for his death on the cross so he did what was necessary to avoid the dumb stuff. (lol)
Sure, sometimes one way seems better or quicker than another but often times…. just because you can (do whatever you want) — doesn’t mean you should. Shortcuts aren’t always the best routes.
If you feel like you’re headed in a downward spiral or on the road to destruction, pay attention to those around you whom God has put in your path to help you get back on track. They ARE there. Allow them to pray for you and help you go another way.
I absolutely love, love, love the story in John chapter 4 verse 7 about the “woman of Samaria!” Don’t you find that amazing that where she is from somehow plays a significant part in this beautiful Bible story? I mean, it’s obvious that it must mean something or at least should mean something to those of us who are left to read about her. Right?
Of course it does! Let’s dig into this! (John 4: 7-30)
Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem – toward his very own crucifixion – and he has been traveling for quite some time by now. It is now mid-afternoon. It’s hot, muggy and Jesus is tired and thirsty. Who does this? Nobody but Jesus! He is traveling to his own demise, becomes tired and stops for a drink of water from a well that so happens to be used by the women to draw water. But what makes this so perfect is that by this time of day all of the so-called “normal” or “perfect” women have already come through to draw their water. So now that the coast is clear, the woman from Samaria (I love it!)… the estranged woman, the woman who is so unlike all the others, the sister who doesn’t live like others in the big tent on the right side of the mountain…
Yes, the “imperfect woman” shows up to draw water. After all, she is not so different from other women really. She still needs water. She still needs the basic things such as love, friendship, family and food right? Well, she shows up – with ALL of her imperfections at the time Jesus gets there and he begins this dialogue with her that would forever change her life.
Here’s myPUF (point up front): Regardless of where you’re from, who your parents are or not… there is an appointed time and place for you to meet JESUS. Perhaps it is during the hottest moment in your life. Perhaps it may be during the quiet time or the time of a dramatic change in your life. Whatever that moment is, you must know…. the meetup is intentional.
There is not a moment in time (of your life) when the Lord does not know where you are. The point is to just begin the dialogue. It is definitely in the moments of honesty and confession that total wholeness and healing can take place within our hearts. The woman (who could be you or me) had obviously been through lots and lots of discouragements and disappointments. No doubt some of them were because of her own decisions but even in making wrong decisions, we have a way out —- through the Grace of God.
What an awesome opportunity of liberty and freedom from past mistakes and bondage! Make today your day to reach beyond any limitations that may have been set on you by others or even by your own limits and boundaries. Dialogue with Jesus and do not be afraid to…
Be open. Be honest. Be you. The Woman of Samaria: who is she? She COULD be YOU.
Much love, Lady D