Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
DON’T LET YOUR HIDDEN SINS KEEP YOU FROM THE WELL
Theme: Women Changemakers
St. John 4:27-30
v. 28-29 So the Woman left her water jar and went away into the town and said to the people, come see the man who told me all I ever did. Can this be the Christ?
Now this passage begins with a woman who comes to the well at the hottest time of the day all alone. For women from that village a walk to the well for water was often done with other women companions, and it was seen as a time to socialize from the hectic work they had at home or at least in the midst of carrying a 40 pound jug on their heads (yes it’s true! That is how much each woman carried home), during their walks, most likely, there may have been gossiping with one another and that may have made the load seem a little lighter and evening was usually the time. Why in the world would anyone go in the middle of the day? It would have made more sense to go around dawn or dusk when it is cool and comfortable, when you can meet the other women and socialize and get caught up on the latest news. However, here we see a woman who went alone as if she were hiding and not wanting to be spotted by anyone and with no other way to quench her thirst. It was in this journey that we can relate to as a ‘quiet time’ that she was able to encounter the true Lord in her life.
Jesus took the time to stop for this woman, conversing with her, not only to get to know her, but to also guide her to realize the many truths of life. It was a deep point for retrospection and introspection. She was able to know that she belongs to God and His plans, she was able discern her lifestyle choices and to know from right and wrong. It was here that she was able to know that she was a vessel to spread the Gospel truth as she left everything aside, and went back to the town and spread this Good News, and consequently many Samaritans believed because of the witnessing of this woman! Let us spend time to reflect on our journey in life. Are we able to discern our conversations with others if it is edifying or not? Are we also willing to spend some time alone and quiet in the presence of God so that He can reveal Himself to us? Last but never the least, are we willing to share the Gospel to others, not only by our words but also through our character?
Wonderful Father, thank you for being available to me in all circumstances in life. Guide me as I should make myself available to You and Your will. Mold my life to be more like You and use me as a vessel for Your truth. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
Mrs. Justeena Jess George,
Wife of Rev. Jess George, Youth Chaplain , NE Region
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church