Sitting with Jesus by Brad Pope
March 24, 2020

I found myself sitting in the backyard this weekend warming my hands near our fire pit and listening to the quiet in our neighborhood. There seems to be less people out than normal and even the ambient road noise is less. The daily comfort of outside sounds was lacking. Inside, my thoughts were far from quiet – wandering through news of the day. I was going through my lists of what if’s and what might be – as waves seem to crash on the various shores of my life. Not sinking but looking around to try and find the assurance that life rafts were within my reach should they be required. Most of it is not in my control. I take comfort in the words found in John chapter 4. … 

“Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well.”

He had gone out of his way. He walked away from the business of life to meet someone in person. He wanted to speak directly to them to make a profound statement about who he is and bring comfort. There was a woman of low influence, alone, going to do a daily chore. God was there waiting for her. He had sought her out. Knew who she was – every detail. He was waiting to meet her face to face in the mundane of her life. The exchange was shocking as God speaks with her and brings truths to light that were not conceivable moments ago.

“The water that I will give … a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.’”

She was amazed by his understanding, empathy, and vision for her life. It was transformative. The waves that were pounding on the shores of her life were stilled. Her trajectory was changed forever.

God sits with us by the fire rings, in grocery stores, in living rooms, and on pillows where we lay our heads. He knows every detail of our lives. The erosion of the waves. And his response is a gushing spring of sustaining love. He meets us in the mundane to encourage us toward eternity. Amazing Grace.

– Brad Pope

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