39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

(John 4: 39-42)

Life is a journey that has many twists and turns. It is much like a roller coaster ride or sometimes like in a car going downhill with no brakes. It has its ups and downs and it can be exciting or scary. Sometimes we play the what-if game thinking if we could go back in time things could be different today. But the truth is, it is what it is. Maybe you are like me and there are times we contemplate what new possibilities could be on our life journey. Our relationship with Jesus provides for us with those new possibilities.

I have seen too many people who never seem to live in the present with the hope of a better future. Many people hold on to their past and they drag it with them wherever they go. The past is like a ball and chain, a prison that has stolen their souls. Value is placed on how it was and not how it is currently. Living in the past prevents all of us from having a vision of the future.

I have had the opportunity to travel to Israel many times. On several occasions, I have visited a town called Nablus. In that town is Jacob’s well. The same one described in this story.

Jesus and the disciples are traveling through Samaria. They stop at Jacob’s well to be refreshed on their journey. Jesus sends the disciples into town to get food and is waiting at the well when Jesus encounters a woman. This woman has a past that prevents her from having a fulfilled life. It is as if her life is stuck in neutral. Going nowhere fast.

Perhaps we can identify with her. Our lives are going nowhere fast or even in the wrong direction. Maybe we are clinging to the past or even worse we are making very bad decisions.

Our story reminds us that there are always possibilities for change. Jesus is the one who can and will bring change if we give Jesus the opportunity.

For change to begin there are some factors we need to understand. Jesus makes himself available. Jesus is there ready to encounter us where we are. One does not have to go looking for Jesus because Jesus is always present. Something interesting about the encounter with Jesus, the woman said that Jesus knew everything there was to know about her. It is a reasonable thought for us that there are NO surprises when it comes to Jesus knowing us. We have no secrets. So in your prayer time do not ever assume what you are praying about is a surprise to God because it is not.

Jesus loved this woman. Jesus did not condemn her but challenged her to be honest with herself and Him. Let us be honest with God. For in that honesty there can be healing a reconciliation through God’s grace. Jesus loves us.

The woman expressed a valued truth. Jesus knew everything about her and still loved her. He offered her living water…a new life and she accepted it.

It is the same for us today. No matter what it is in our lives the fact is Jesus loves us just the way we are. It is that love that forgives our past, frees us from our past, and gives us a future.

Jesus is just available today as He was for her. Come to Jesus and leave it all behind. There will be evidence of this change.

Shalom