Breaking down barriers.
There are many themes in today's Gospel story (John 4:5-42) about Jesus and the woman at the well. But today I saw a new theme in this reading ...
For example, did you know that this passage represents the longest one-on-one conversation recorded with Jesus in the Bible? (And we don't even know the woman's name!)
Then, of course, there is the obvious mention of time when Jesus tells the woman that the "hour is coming, and is here now, when people will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth." Can you imagine being hit with that information? Being told that the Messiah you've been waiting for your whole life was standing right next to you?
And let's not forget the reference to Eternal Life. That is time without human boundaries.
But the time element that really struck me today was when John tells us that Jesus "stayed there two days."
It is a simple, passing statement that I have blown past hundreds of times. But today it got my mind racing...
Two days. That town had just two days with the Son of God. How did they spend it? What did they learn? Did they truly believe he was the Messiah ... or just a prophet? What questions did they ask? What did He tell them? Who did He eat with? How long did He preach? And how fast did those 48 hours fly by?
It got me thinking about how I would spend 48 hours with Christ.
But it also made me value the quiet time I spend with Him this Lenten season. No longer will I view it as an endless supply of time I can take whenever I want.
No. Instead, I will view it as precious and as limited as that time the Samaritans had with our Lord.
I hope you are all having a Blessed Lent.