Woman in the Rain

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.

God’s Best,

Susan

Author: suzyblogs

Susan Butler is a new writer who brings years of Bible study and practical Christian experience into focus with this very personal conversation between Almighty God and you! Growing up in a Bible-believing family in Shreveport, Louisiana, Susan has enjoyed a personal relationship with Christ since she was eight years old. She met C.J. Butler, her husband, while attending Louisiana College. They live in Frisco, Texas and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Susan developed her skills as an interior designer and owned her own business, Interpretations, Inc., for thirty years. She continued her education in design at The Art Institute in Houston and University of North Texas in Denton. In the midst of raising her family, she was drawn to church activities at Prestonwood Baptist, where she has been a member for over thirty years, participating in Bible fellowship, women’s Bible study, choir and various volunteer opportunities. God began preparing Susan for this journey when she was prompted to gather scriptures which were meaningful to her—not realizing at the time that there was purpose beyond the prompting. Her course was set in 2012 when she was impressed to use those verses to write a 365-day devotional book. She believes God led her to write from His perspective to share His heart in a very personal way using today’s vernacular. As she diligently sought the indwelling of the Holy Spirit during each writing session, her desire was that the short, focused messages would be the conduit to elicit a hunger in readers for a closer walk with The LORD.