“Disappointment drags us back to the well.” – Paula Rinehart
It is Ash Wednesday (http://www.rzim.org/usa/usfv/tabid/436/articleid/10512/cbmoduleid/1133/default.aspx for an explanation). Today begins the season of Lent. Grief and sorrow. Repentance. Longing. Resurrection. Emmanuel, God WITH us.
Here is an excerpt from John 4 when Jesus is resting at the well and a Samaritan woman comes to draw water:
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
Last night as I read the quote from Paula Rinehart, “Disappointment drags us back to the well”, brought me to a time of repentance. Why must it take disappointment to keep me aware of my craving for living water? The source of life? Moment by moment we are given a beautiful gift to respond to Jesus with gratitude and trust. MOMENT BY MOMENT, not just event to event. Verse 15 struck me differently today. I thought about how I want something to satisfy my thirst so I do not have to keep returning to the well, but the fact is that I truly don’t ever want to leave the well – this is where we can be with Jesus, resting in His presence, fully disclosing our hearts, laments, and praise. I love his invitation to this woman who was so thirsty. He told her everything about herself and she was changed. To know that we are loved is such a gift for such a sorrowful season. Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.