On most days, I delve into the Scriptures in some form. Sometimes, I follow a devotional from shereadstruth.com; other times I just pick passages from the Bible to read. On certain days, the passages really speak to me, or I find them pertinent to my life right now. When those passages come up, I usually journal and reflect about it, but then I thought, why don’t I share my thoughts with you all? Perhaps you would like to read these verses and reflect on them as well.
Currently, I am gearing up to go to Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for abused and neglected foster children. In order to prepare my heart for the week, I am praying through the Bible verses that will with shared with the kids at camp. The passage that spoke to me recently was the Woman at the Well/ The Samaritan Woman. If you aren’t familiar with that story, it can be found in John 4: 4-42. After reading these verses, I had three main takeaways that can help me grow closer to God, as well as help my campers get to know God.
Jesus Breaks Stereotypes
Jesus amazes me because he spread the Gospel to anyone–from lepers, to adulterers, to women. He knew the people who needed his love the most, and he didn’t let anyone stop him from doing that, even if it was outside the cultural norms of the time. In this case, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman. One, most Jews wanted nothing to do with Samaritans (why, I’m not quite sure). Two, during this era, most men didn’t speak to women, especially not in public. The fact that Jesus took time to have a genuine conversation with this woman demonstrates how his love has no boundaries. He wants everyone to believe that he is the Messiah and that God is their Heavenly Father. For my kids at camp, they might not think that Jesus could ever love a foster child, but I want to show them that their thoughts are wrong. Jesus is unconventional. He wants everyone to drink his “living water”.
You Don’t Have to be Perfect for God to Use You
Many of the campers that we encounter have no hope and no self esteem. At such young ages, they are brainwashed into thinking that there is no bright future for them, that they aren’t important, and that they aren’t valued. These lies constantly bombard these children’s minds, but Jesus eradicates all of this false information. You do not need to be perfect in order to have a bright future and for God to use you for a greater good. The woman in this passage has had five husbands. She clearly did not have the ideal life, but she believed that Jesus was the Messiah. She was able to use her encounter to testify to other members of the community, making them believers as well. I want my campers to know (and anyone who reads this to know) that if they are willing to obey God, He will use them for something great no matter how broken or unqualified they feel.
Jesus is the Only Thing that Satisfies
I think it’s ingrained in our human nature to constantly be searching for something– searching for more money, more happiness, a better job, a bigger house, a better relationship, etc. I fall into this trap too. I make idols of what I believe will truly satisfy me. I work insanely hard at school so that I can get a good career and become financially stable. Others may make idols of relationships or material goods. The campers at Royal Family come from unstable backgrounds. As a result, they might turn to gangs, drugs, alcohol, or abusive relationships in order to feel “happy”. The moral of this passage is clear, though. Jesus is the only thing that will ever quench our thirst. If we fix our eyes on the things of this world, we will always be thirsty. Jesus is the only thing that will truly satisfy.
I’m sure there is so much more to say about this passage, but these were the main points that I felt God was telling me from this passage. What are your thoughts on the passage? I would love to know in the comments!
Lots of love,