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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
--The Gospel of St. Thomas Logian
Confession is the springboard to healing. Often times, it's what we don't tell God that hinders healing and the ability to forgive. When I share my thoughts with God, He responds. In His presence I receive a fresh perspective of myself and others. In His presence my heart concedes He has my best interest at heart. I dare to believe, really believe, He, too, believes in me. Flawed, fragile, desperate-for-Jesus me.
Is there something you need to say to God, but you've been puting it off? I encourage you to find a quiet place today. Take a few minutes, and tell Him.
Published on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 11:56 AM CDT
The story of the woman at the well has my heart's attention today. If you're not familar with it, it's located in the fourth chapter of the book of John. Please read verses 1-30. If you are familar with this story, please read verses 1-30. And then meet me back here.
Quick re-cap: A woman who has been married five times and is now shack'n with man number six, bumps into Jesus at the water well. Shack'n is slang for "shacked up" which is slang for living together as husband and wife without being legally married. I don't say that with judgement or to be crude-- I've done it twice in my life and that's just what we called it.
So, our Jewish Messiah had a conversation with not only a woman, but a Samaritan woman at that. "For Jews had no dealings with Samaritans." (4: 9) But deal with her He did; Jesus validated, comforted, and empowered an unlikely woman whose disappointments in life had reduced her to a dysfunctional lifestyle.
How did He do it?
First, He told her what He saw in her heart, but without judgment. He understood why she lived the way she did, and so he validated her.
Next, He explained to her about living water. I don't get the sense that her mind fully grasped what was spoken as much as her heart fully grasped the Speaker. Which is why I will go to my grave proclaiming that it is the unadulterated presence of God that transforms us. A genius I.Q. is not necessary to receive divine comfort.
The validation and comfort he'd offered left the woman so hopeful that she left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come see a Man who told me all things I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came to Him. (4:28-30).
She left her waterpot. It's not like she had a fridge full of bottled water at home. He equipped her to live without what she'd previously believed she needed to survive.
This set a restoration process in motion that would actively restore her honor. She said to the men, "Come and see..." And her story was so compelling that they followed her counsel. Christ used a woman with no honor to be honored.
Amazing! I've often wondered why we aren't given the name of the woman at the well. The longer I follow Jesus, the more inclined I am to believe that she remained nameless in order to represent the masses--you and me.
Exercise: Schedule some time ALONE with Jesus everyday and take an empty waterpot with you. Set it at His feet. Talk, or don't talk. Cry. Have a fit. Whatever you need to do. And then receive. Allow Him to pour into you the same way He poured into our friend at the well.
What, I wonder, will you be inspired to "go and tell" others.
We're in good company!
Published on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:42 AM CDT