And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
Written by: Shannon Swenson
In the story about the woman at the well, we find Jesus telling this woman it is okay to be vulnerable with all she had done in her life because He already knew. Because she shared her story of the encounter with the promised Messiah, many more people came to believe in the healing love, mercy, and grace of Jesus.
This time of year is when we celebrate the greatest gift of Jesus’ promised arrival in the form of a baby being born into a mess: a messy place and for messy people. This makes me super emotional. Maybe you are like me and have wrestled through the lie of “He doesn’t know the real me or the things I have done or what has been done to me.”
The emotions used to be tied up in my shame, regret, and the things I had done and what had been done to me. But God in His infinite mercy, love, and grace, sent a savior to redeem every last bit of it for me and for you. Today, the emotions are tied up in joy and gratitude.
He knows everything you and I have ever done or ever will do. He came to heal it all. He came 2000-plus years ago to save us from ourselves and to invite us to into a personal, healing, restoring relationship with Him so we can one day join Him. And in the meantime, we learn to be humble, real, vulnerable, and willing to receive His love and learn to extend the gift of His forgiveness and grace to others.
His healing came down. His love came down. In the recovery world, we say things like “don’t give up before the miracle happens.” The truth is the woman Jesus met that day was just like you and me: a messy person trying to hide her hurts from an all-knowing and all-loving God. I believe she received an invitation to the gift of healing that day.
Thought of the day: Jesus still heals. He loves you so much that He came down to rescue you. He already knows. So today, find joy and comfort in the fact He loves you as you are, not as you should be. For us, that’s a reason to celebrate.
Prayer: God, thank You for choosing to love messy people with messy lives and stories. Thank You, Jesus, that You are the healer of all things and that You already know. Give me the courage to step out and begin to trust You and others with the real me. Help me to take the steps I need to find healing in and through You. In Jesus’ name, amen.