Revelations at the Well - Part 2


Jesus went out of His way to meet the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. He took a path that culture told him to bypass; the way that wasn't socially acceptable but filled with holy purpose. Just as Jesus met the Samaritan woman that faithful day at the well, I felt His intentional, out of the way, pursuit of me this year.

Can we pause for a minute to acknowledge what a privilege it is that the Lord of Lords would seek us out to share His love, wisdom and joy?

Little by little His word revealed to me things I'd never fully known about my walk as a daughter of God and friend of Jesus.  Through the power of the Spirit, God took His word from my head to my heart to the work of my hands.



Here's what He taught me at the well this year:

Cultivating the art of abiding looks a lot like coming back to the well over and over as He becomes our wellspring. It's the Vine and the Gardener tending to our hearts with unrelenting love and compassion. Abiding is knowing when to confess you're feeling dry; that you're out of step with the Spirit and in need of pruning. It's the hard but good stuff of surrender at His feet. It's daily dying to self and living for the Vine and Gardener. Abiding is the safe place of confession, the gentle reminder of His promise that we are already clean, and the reassuring guidance that in our surrender our eyes can move from our desired fruit to the Father who bears all things with us and for us. Abiding is knowing abundance comes from Him alone, and worshiping every step of the way as we lean into this cultivating.

*

Pruning is a painful but good process. John 15 tells us that God cuts off every branch in us that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Pre-2017, I would've told you God had done plenty of pruning my life since accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior about five years ago. But I know now with just a few weeks left in the year, God had been cutting non-fruit bearing branches. This year, for the first time, I experienced the process of God pruning good fruit so that it can be even more fruitful.

This pruning came in waves crashing over my story repeatedly this year. It all February 1 as I drove to work tears streaming down my face, palms sweaty, heart in knots because I knew. I knew that day I needed to allow the Gardener to prune some good fruit in my life. Do you love when God sends earthly signs of His heavenly presence? I know I do! On that drive a song came on: Magnify by The Messengers.

Tears turned to awe as the words of this worship reminded me to release my grip on the good things in my life, to offer the fruit back to the one who produced it in the first place. He is faithful to every promise and if He says that pruning allows fruit to be more fruitful then Lord let it be in life too. In that holy place of the morning commute, I cried out to him: Lord have it, take it, let it be yours - take it all away and let no other name be magnified in my life for your glory and my good. Let it be.

This was just the heart work the Gardener needed to get to work on my story. 2017 brought the pruning of much good fruit. The hurt of handed it over is still something I'm settling into. Taking my eyes off of the earthly fruit and back to the One who bears it in me is the rhythm of pruning. Less of me, more of Him. Praying over what pruning will look and feel like in the future and asking God for a willing heart submitted to His will.

*

Sometimes our idols aren’t morally evil, but even a good thing can become a God thing and that’s a bad thing. My pastor breathed out this message from podium Sunday, but what everyone else didn’t know is that God sent the Spirit in him to testify to the Spirit in me this very word. It’s one of the revelations God is bringing home for me in 2017.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6

It's taken almost a full year for me to understand these words from Jesus deep in my bones and to repent of making good things God things. God persisted with whispers of this lesson as I began to hunger and thirst for an earthly answer to the onset of chronic pain. Pursuing health of our earthly bodies is not a bad thing. It’s actually a good thing to be mindful of caring for ourselves. But as one month of sickness became two which became eight rolled into appointment after appointment with no answers, my desire to care for my body became a hunger and thirst for an earthly answer.  It became deep seeded worry and stress on my schedule and my mind. Meanwhile, little by little, without even noticing my mind hungered and thirsted for earthly wisdom more than heavenly.

God sprung forth with this revelation as the doctor presented a diagnosis in November. All at once it made sense. Surely this is how the Samaritan woman felt as the realization she was in the presence of the foretold Messiah washed over her. The moment her cistern meant for water from the well dropped to the ground as she eagerly opted for the only living water that would provide eternal satisfaction. I understood on that day my thirst for righteousness, for His living water, alone will ever satisfy.

He gently took the knowledge of Matthew 5:6 from my head to my heart through my year of suffering at the well.

*

He is not just the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), He is my Good Shepherd.

This revelation deserves it's own post though. More to come in Part 3.

**

Revelations at the Well Series
See Part 1 here.
See Part 3 here.

1 comment

  1. Clients like you can likewise utilize a check liquidating framework through the Internet. This web based changing framework enables clients to make business exchanges and access different administrations offered whenever they need or anyplace they might be.Cash Advance

    ReplyDelete

I love and appreciate every comment! Thanks for stopping by our blog today :)