Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,
“He told me all that I ever did.”
John 4:39, ESV
The Bible would be useless in its power if there were not relatable people & situations to parallel our lives & identify with.
We who love His word have our deep rooted connection in it; aligning with our biblical heroes & favorites. Due to the many facets of my own life & past, I can pull traits of myself from almost every story breathed onto the pages, but today one comes to mind: The Samaritan Well Woman.
Unlike this woman, my husbands haven’t totaled 5, but my sins have far outweighed that number. Like her, God’s grace also poured in & over me through Jesus, washing me into a freedom & powerful testimony. So powerful I have never been able to get over it.
Like she, until I came face to face with Christ I never knew of the living water I needed or the reality I was so spiritually dehydrated, that I was dying inside.
I never truly understood grace. Many of the word “teachers” I encountered growing up were not under the guideship of the Holy Spirit, therefore my training up was full of opinions & not much bearing of fruit through truth.
Grace had always been an assumption. Like faith. You’re a Christian? Ok. Into your vocabulary & walk you will inherit words that will lay the groundwork to the language called, Christianese. You’ll speak these words, never understand them & don’t even think about actually using them to lay the path to Jesus He calls you to walk. That was what I saw & heard in the churches around me.
Apologetics from a young minded seeker was an offense. It questioned God & stirred up anger in those who relied on the “because we have faith” answers provided when, “I don’t know” was too embarrassing to admit. I have coined those: runny yolk apologetics. No matter how hard you scramble them, they just won’t cook up to the point of being healthy for you.
I knew grace had been reserved for me, but why or how I could never tell you. Surface wise yes, personally no. Not understanding the gift(s) offered to me by God hindered my unwrapping them- so they stayed in the storehouse gathering dust for the majority of my life.
The woman who poured herself into raising me up was my grandmother, Grace. She was my 1st introduction to realistic sacrifices. I didn’t know what to call that example of sacrifice, so I just generally covered it under the blanket word, love. Until I was older did I realize her grace molded me into the woman I am today.
When I was 36, her namesake & our walking medical miracle arrived on the scene 5 weeks early & I received my very own Grace- many times over. Her journey came with the reminder that I needed to receive an understanding of what I’d hidden away in that storehouse all of those adolescent years ago.
I crawled into a place very unfamiliar for me. I started to unwrap years of beautiful packages I had overlooked. The Holy Spirit & myself became very intimate in our relationship & through His lead we danced to a new rhythm, a beat I finally understood. The melody was so clear that I haven’t stopped singing it. That season of my waltz I call, before Grace/grace & after Grace/grace.
Jesus came for the woman in this house, like the well woman, before the men- because He knew when I too ran through the village confessing that He was real, He is here, He knows- that many ears would listen & believe the Good News due to who was delivering it.
Grace derives from the Greek, charis, which is related to chairo, “to rejoice.” This grace, charis, came to signify favor, goodwill, & lovingkindness. The beautiful truth of Heaven’s grace poured onto humankind through salvation & sacrifice should always be known as the most personal certainty to the character of God & His love for us.
In the past 7 years, the most awakening & detrimental to my knowing & loving the Comforter God, I found His grace to be most needed & understood during moments of my desperation, suffering, confusion, & sin.
I had always “assumed” grace was an emotional feeling you were aware of when everything was going well, but I came to know grace’s reality when I was naked & exposed. When I didn’t hide or try to fill up empty places & voids myself. Instead I allowed Him to clothe me in righteousness/dignity, fill me with the Spirit & escort me into a new life.
The LORD has never handed me what I deserved. He’s only provided me love & understanding that I didn’t. He’s using me for His purposes because I don’t use Him for mine.
That’s grace to me.
I want NO thing in life more than knowing & loving God for God. What an abundance of peace & blessings associated with an overflow of discernment with Him, when you come to know that God gives God- and that will always be enough.
I pray today that you too will come to the full knowledge of grace & start dancing to a new tune- He’s playing your song. He wrote a sonnet & composed its music just for YOU!
INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:
Romans 8:35, 37-39, NLT, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 15:11, NLT, “We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
Are you spiritually parched? Do you feel there is always something blocking the channel allowing His living water to flow abundantly through you? Has grace become just a word, an assumption that you’ve accepted all of these years without full comprehension of the holy life waiting for you? You cannot fully love who you do not know. Let Him empty you of yourself & fill you to capacity with Him. God’s grace is sufficient; let Him finally teach you why.