Meetings At The Well
In much of the world, even today, people still fetch water from a community well. Amazingly, this is true of my community here in Aspen Springs! Historically, the community well has been a meeting place for neighbors. The daily/weekly ten minute conversations at the well build relationship between the water fetchers.
A couple thousand years ago, an outcast woman from among a nation of outcasts met Jesus at the community well. Jesus was sitting there waiting for her to arrive. He knew of her reputation (she had gone through five husbands and was living with a sixth whom she was not married to) and that she was of the people the Jews in Jerusalem despised. But He did not judge her. In fact, He went out of His way to meet up with her.
This divine appointment resulted in her bringing many people from her town of Sychar to meet Jesus. Who would have guessed that the town’s “most frequently scorned” woman would be the first to meet Jesus? Jesus was able to overstep the “fence of differences” that had existed for 700 years which kept the downtrodden Samaritans from being loved by their own people living in Jerusalem. This conversation likely lasted all of ten minutes. But look at the healing that took place in her life and the town’s life. At last, the Messiah they had been waiting for arrived.
Isn’t it interesting how modern conveniences, such as running water, deprive us of moments to get to know the dreams and needs of our neighbors? Personal relationships are built around the commonality of (seemingly) inconveniences. Next time you suffer an unplanned time wasting event, take advantage of the moment and get to know someone sharing in that moment. And give thanks for God’s intervention in your life.
Grace and peace to you,
Pastor Mark S. Disbrow
Amazing Grace Colorado
1 Peter 4:10