On his way to Galilee, Jesus passed through the village of the Samaritans, call Sychar. Tired of walking, he was left alone, while the disciples went to get food. He was thirsty and asked for water to a Samaritan woman who had reached the well where Jesus was sitting. She was surprised that a Jew asked her for water, since Jews and Samaritans did not get along with each other. She asked surprised, why are you asking me for water? (V. 9).
You see, the first thing she did was refer her status to Jesus. She openly stated the obvious about her reality. She was in a situation that nobody could change, she was a Samaritan and, beyond that, had a reputation that was questionable. She had been marked and cornered to a stigma that had defined her, that had become her identity. She was so rooted in her stigma that she even was surprised that a Jew would speak to her and say, “If you only knew.”
Life happens. Things happen. We can’t change the past, and most of us, if we are given the opportunity, would relive and would change the past, that situation that we experience or even provoked. We distress thinking, why? We consume thinking about questions that have no answers, that loop endlessly in our heads. But Jesus is telling you, “If you only knew.”
Do you feel cornered? Do you feel shunned by the world? Have you been labeled? Do you feel that no matter what you do, your reality is not going to change? Do you believe everything has been said about you? You could say: “But everything has been said about me is true. They are referring to me, therefore I have to accept it.”
But if you only knew the gift of God to you. The only one who can transform and transcend your life to new heights. Whatever your financial situation, no matter how broken your relationships are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter your situation, if you only knew the gift of God. He is present, and has come to your encounter, to show you that He wants to give you a new life. You may have been living in a corner, you might have been labeled, and everyone else seems to dictate your life, your achievements and your capabilities.
The woman at the well saw life through her own eyes, and adapted to the reality of its possibilities. She thought that the well was the source that would quench her thirst. But today, the man at the well, is telling you, if you only knew … He has what you need, water that will quench your thirst and becomes a spring that flows with freshness into you. If you knew who you are talking to, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.
Your past, your mistakes, your situation does not define you. Life will spring forth in you and you will NEVER be the same.
So come, He is waiting for you. If you only knew!
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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