Today I feel accomplished.
I hardy ever feel like I have accomplished anything, in fact I can’t ever remember feeling accomplished before. I guess I could, therefore, class that as my something new for today!
I’m in a foreign country on holiday, with my family, at the moment. Today I have spent the day on my own, which I class as wonderful. I like alone time – it’s a rare treat. So, I decided to make the most of it by doing a 6km hike through the mountains. I was completely on my own; just me, my camera, my phone, and a bottle of water. Surprisingly it was very hot on the mountain, but I completed the hike, despite not having a map or a head for heights. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and feel a huge sense of achievement. The views were spectacular, and I took hundreds of photographs.
One thing that stuck in my memory, as a highlight of my walk, was seeing a man carrying a goat round his neck – perched on his shoulders as if it were a rucksack. It reminded me of the story of the lost sheep in the Bible (see Luke 15:3-7), which holds a great deal of meaning for me.
When I got back to the apartment I was very hot and needed a lie down. I listened to worship music, did a drawing, and then picked up my Bible. I flicked through, reading several passages in both the Old and New Testaments. Eventually I read something that I enjoyed.
I think I have mentioned before my love of the gospel of John. Well, today I read John 4. It’s one of my favourite chapters in the Bible because I love the layers to it and the meaning of the content. I love Jesus in this chapter.
One of the reasons it connected with me today , I think, was that Jesus speaks about thirst. He speaks about the contrast between thirst for water and a spiritual thirst for living water. Today I felt thirsty for both. I needed to keep quenching my thirst with water during my hike, I then realised that I need to quench my thirst with the living water. I hope for an overflowing of living water, quenching my thirst.
I will therefore end this post with some of John 4:
A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah
Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:1-26 NKJV)