Day Ten

Have you ever seen someone appear as though they are having a rough day, or maybe even a rough life?  If you have, and started to engage in conversation with them, you may have ended up with an ear full of stories and emotional baggage dumping that you were not ready for, or even imagined you would hear.
Most of us are just being polite and in reality, all you wanted to do was to be nice, ask them how they were, and then quickly move on. Instead of a one-minute interaction, you found yourself in a one-sided conversation that made you late to your next whatever, which was way more important to you than listening to the situations that another person is facing.
Jesus never thought people were a distraction. He was so sensitive because He first sought His Father; He did just what the Father wanted Him to do. So He went, on purpose, against what was considered acceptable or normal, to go to Samaria, just to interact with a sensitive woman. He saw her as a more than just a complaining Samaritan, but  He saw a hurt individual who was seeking for more.
His approach to the situation caused a life transformation that impacted an entire city!
7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)  9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
Jews in those days didn’t want to interact with Samaritans, because they were considered to be lower class.
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” 11-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
Jesus wasn’t insulted by this question. Instead He looked past the question to a heart of a worshipper – He wanted to connect to her and connect her to truth.
13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst-not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
15 The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!” John 4:7-15 MSG
At first glance, it appears that this Samaritan woman, when asked a simple question from Jesus, immediately started complaining about Jews and her “lot” in life. Instead of trying to escape the conversation, like many of us would do, Jesus listened to her words, discerned her heart, and then provided her with a response that addressed her real desires.
Rather than going at it from the angle of words to words, He addressed her spirit in order to win her heart.
He understood that what she was really saying was that she wanted to connect to the Father, but was unsure of how to do that. Jesus heard the actual cry of her heart and gave her the answer she needed to have what she really was looking for!
Many people we come in contact with really don’t know what is in their heart. So when they speak, they are communicating only what they know in the natural. However, staying connected to the voice of the Holy Spirit within us, shows us how to translate those words and listen to the real voice emanating from the individual’s heart. Then, like Jesus, we can connect to and change a life, and that life can change a city.
Let’s pray:
Change my focus, Lord. Help me. Instead of trying to escape uncomfortable conversations with complaining people, help me to listen with Spirit ears, and respond directly to their heart, and see how You can move others through me. I want to transform lives and cities. And I will follow You wherever You lead.



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