She was standing in the rain at a bus stop this morning. The rain was hard and steady—large cold drops with air temperature at 44°. She was not dressed for inclement weather, with only a sweater and long skirt made of thin fabric. No umbrella. No Scarf. No protection.
Odd, the things we remember from a passing glance. I had just finished my 6:30 a.m. cardiac rehab when I saw her as I turned on to Plano Parkway. The stream of traffic prevented me from making a sudden stop. Frustrated, I found a Marriott a block down the street, turned in to stop and search for my umbrella. I mused, she might not want a ride from a stranger, but an umbrella she might accept.
Back in the car, I rushed to find the street just north and parallel, made the loop and came back to the bus stop … she was gone. Perhaps the bus was behind me the first time and picked her up; perhaps another individual offered her a ride; perhaps she lived close by and went back home. In a pit of sadness, all I could do was lift her up to the One who cares for us more than any other. I prayed that she would be protected against illness from this event. I prayed for her to get dry clothes. I prayed for her boss not to be mad at her. I prayed for her comfort.
What’s the point of this? The parable of “The Woman at the Well” came to mind immediately. I rushed home to look it up, and read John 4:7-42 to refresh my memory, and to see what I was supposed to learn from this.
Basically, the story is about a Samaritan woman drawing water at a well, when Jesus asked her to draw some for Him. She questioned why He (a Jew) was speaking to her since Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. He told her if she knew with Whom she was speaking, she would have asked Him for “living water.” He explained that everyone who drank of the well water would thirst again, but those that drank of the water He gave would never thirst—that the water He gave would become in them a “well of water springing up to eternal life.”
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This morning, the woman in the rain needed anything but water! I believe God led me to this passage because:
1) He wants us to help with the physical needs of those around us, certainly. Most of us are willing and eager to help when we see a need, right?
2) But what about sharing this “living water” Jesus speaks of? Are we willing to share that? Are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and let them know that it is Jesus who causes us to be concerned with not only their physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well?
If you know the Savior, join me in asking God to give us the courage and the opportunities to engage in Living Water Rescues.