27Just then His disciples returned and were surprised to find Him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are You talking with her?” 28Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30They came out of the town and made their way toward Him.
31Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33Then His disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought Him food?” 34“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.
Big View: Person of Peace
Small View: Perception – Preparation – Presence
The Bridge in Allegan – Allegan MI
Observation: At first glance, because of her background, we see this woman as a social outcast but Jesus sees her as a worker ready for the harvest. As the story unfolds we find that she is not the social outcast that we first suspected. It turns out that through her life and experience she is a person of influence in town as her entire village responds to her message and come to believe in Jesus because of her words. Because of this woman’s testimony the whole town comes out to hear the words of this Rabbi for themselves and “many more believed”. Through earthly eyes this woman was of no account, but God had prepared her beforehand to bring the Kingdom of God to this Samaritan town.
Action: I will no longer count people’s difficult past against them. Instead, I will choose to see that the scars and wounds of life’s hardships can be the markers of one prepared by God to do the work of the Kingdom. They may be the influencers that can change the world.