The Woman at the Well John 4:1-29
News travels quickly. News outlets push notifications to our cell phones. Social media posts instantly notify us of the latest trends, shamings, or praise. Judgements are made quickly: the random assignment of emojis as well as comments express our view on the subject. Often, we are passengers along for the ride by reading others’ opinions. In her day, the woman at the well could avoid the criticisms of the chatty early morning ladies by coming to the well later in the day. She would have found no solace in this age of Instagram, Facebook, and Snap barrage of never ending critics, or would she?
In a recent discussion with youth, I wondered if we would know if we were actually talking to or in the presence of Jesus. News and social media highlight the many troubling actions of others. How would we know if it was really Jesus - in the Uber, at Champs, or even in the park on a bench? The clues would be found in the relationship.
Jesus knew when and where to find her. He knew of her kind nature as well as her sins. As a Jew, he did not profile her for being a Samaritan. Instead, He brought her peace and satisfied her curiosity about the Messiah. He saw in her the most amazing woman that would share his good news with all. Perhaps the Samaritan woman could have become a social media influencer?
I am not sure how, when, or where I will meet Jesus. Like the Samaritan woman, I believe we will know. I believe that he will provide a peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Even though in this world that seems to broadcast hate, prejudice, and judgment; Jesus can still calm our anxiety in this fast paced world.
Please help us to reveal you to others. Help us create trusted relationships with all people. Help us to reach out to all people in need - regardless of race, gender, gender identity, and circumstance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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