This Lent: Look Past the Surface


Jesus’ disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the figt of God and who is saying to you ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4: 8-10)

The Samaritan woman was only hearing the surface message here. She isn’t looking into the depths to see what Jesus is really saying. I’m sure I am like many other people in admitting that I am a lot like the Samaritan woman. There are many words that Jesus says where I only see the superficial meaning, so I struggle with the message. I’m just not getting it. When I hear words like servant, sacrifice and obey I see the negative connotations and get scared. Why do I want to be someone’s servant? Why do I want to sacrifice? Why do I have to obey? If I do those things, I look like a child or a slave. Don’t I have free will, can’t I make my own choices?

I’m not looking beyond the superficial meaning of these words. I don’t see the strength and the beauty of what God is saying. I want pretty words like friend, easy life and do as you wish. What I don’t see, is that’s not what God wants for me. He wants more for me, for us. He wants us to plunge to the depths of His message, to climb to the highest mountains. Only then do we see the fullness of His love, the expanse of His grace. Only then do we realize all that He Is and all that we can be through Him.

Most gracious and loving Jesus, thank you for all that you do for me, all that you  have given me. Help me to see beyond the superficial meanings of your message, to plunge to the deepest depths, to climb to the highest mountaintops, to see past the fog of myself. Lord Jesus share your strength, your wisdom, your love with me so I may find the power of your message, the power of You. This I pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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