Common in all living spaces are 4 unique rooms – kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. In some cities there are apartments that don’t have any walls that distinguish every single one of those rooms but the distinct functions for each are experienced depending on what you’re doing at the moment.
For instance, do you remember where you were watching the last Superbowl? Or, where do you watch your favorite shows? Which room do you go to when you’re seeking peace and quiet? Do you remember where you woke up when you had that last hangover you never told anyone about? That one is tricky huh?
There is one certainty; all living spaces need access to water, especially if you’re dealing with a hangover. Today’s living spaces in America, clean water comes straight from any faucet (give or take a few cities).
The previous two miles, under the category of faith, I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the Bible Story of the Samaritan woman at the well and why I think it is the most beautiful story ever told. I’m going to finish up my thoughts on it in this post.
If this lady didn’t have to get water from a well, the story would have never been recorded. Like us, their water came from a common source, unlike most of us, they had to leave their house to get it.
Jesus met her at the well and told her that He had a well of water that would make her not thirst again. This was a strange statement but she bit and asked “where is this source of water that could do such a thing?” What she didn’t recognize yet was that Jesus was talking about God.
When God is your well, you don’t have to search for something else to satisfy your thirsts. Why not? Because God works from the inside out. God is a Spirit, and He deals with you in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24) – A well that’s within that springs up is better than a well that is external to which one must travel.
Jesus was saying to her that when you come to God looking for a need to be met (worship), you first have to come not using the best practices of our body moving towards a particular place (John 4:21), but approach from the disposition and transparency of our soul – nothing hidden, just like a well. He continues and explains that secondly, the person has to be consistent and steadfast in keeping themselves transparent (in Hebrew truth means more than the rightness of a thing but the faithfulness of it).
Revealing who you are and consistently revealing who you are to God, and vice-versa, allows God to spring up in you like a well, beginning the satiation of your soul. Jesus talked a little about that in John 3:20-21 where he mentions that people who do truth, comes to the light so the light can reveal who they really are. Jesus knows and is present to heal not to condemn. The lady experienced exactly that at the well; she was exposed to have had 5 husbands and living with one that is not hers (John 4:17-18) and Jesus returned the favor and exposed who he was also. This story was the only moment recorded in the Gospels where Jesus openly told someone that he was Christ (John 4:26).
When Jesus was speaking with her, what was coming out of his heart towards her? A spring of Purposed Love. He saw clean down into her soul and purposed to Love her and it changed her life.
All of this beautiful exchange was buried in this story. This is a story of perfect Love all experienced during this lady’s regular daily routine of going to get some water.
How about us?
Have we let God see down into the depths of our soul and are we willing to keep that open consistently? Do we trust that Jesus has purposed to Love us? The us that others can’t see? Have we expressed that purposed love towards others who we walk by during our daily routines?
In the 2016 movie ‘The Architect’, the architect, speaking with his client said, “Architecture can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing path, remove the barriers, make the meeting places more inviting.” Love does the same thing, but Love forces people to connect. However, where Love isn’t, no matter the crossings, connection will never happen.
According to Jesus, the living space of your soul needs water too. Are you transparent enough to receive? And are you open enough to share with others?
Humans are as exquisitely fashioned, like a building. And like a building that is meant to house people would be condemned without access to water, so we will be if not connected to the source of LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13 expresses this sentiment best. I’m learning daily how to do this better, hopefully you are too. Because no matter how much we know or don’t, no matter how rich or poor, no matter passionate we may be, without LOVE we will be condemned.
Be transparent. Believe Love.
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