27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Unless you are brand new to First Methodist Mansfield, you have probably heard Pastor Caesar share one of the songs he learned as a child growing up at Mount Nebo Baptist Church. Caesar has been known to break out in song in the middle of doing a baptism, before leading a prayer or even in the middle of a sermon. For those of us preachers who lack either the confidence or talent to share a moment like that in a message, we like to call that “cheating.”
But all kidding aside, I know I have been blessed by those moments Caesar shares. One song, in particular, speaks to our passage today titled, The Jesus in Me Loves the Jesus in You.
You might take a moment to read through the first 26 verses of John’s Gospel which narrates the encounter between Jesus and the woman which is referenced in verse 27. To put it simply, hers was a life that had turned into a nightmare, filled with brokenness and pain. In the heat of the day, she stumbled upon a weary traveler who was taking a break at the well where she had come to draw water. It just so happened that this traveler was Jesus and as a result of this unexpected meeting, her life was forever changed.
Jesus saw what so many others had failed to see in her life. He saw her hurt. He recognized her need, but he also saw her longing for a new future. He enabled her to see again the beauty hidden beneath the brokenness.
Remember with me the words of Brother Lawrence that we read on Tuesday.
”He is nearer than we think.”
And one of the ways that is most evident in our life is when we allow the Jesus in us to love the Jesus present in those we encounter every day. So be on the lookout today for the unexpected or seemingly random encounter. Be ready for today’s divine opportunities for you to encounter Christ.
Loving God, give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that is sensitive to your presence in my life and your presence in the lives of others. Help me to avoid missing out on those moments where you are revealed and an opportunity is available for me to share your life that is at work in me. Today, I want to make my whole self available to an encounter with you. AMEN.
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