Again, Tianne Moon (a teacher at Fellowship Church in Grapevine) brought meaning to the details of one of my favorite stories in the Bible. More than that, she applied it to my life. The woman at the well had been with Jesus. He had given her living water, and so satisfied the spiritual thirsts of this womans heart. Then the woman left her water jar--that heavy jar, the one she had hauled out in the heat of the day, every day, to get water. She left it with Jesus.
I have a couple of jars that need filling. I don't really tell people about them, because then I have to admit my weaknesses and that is embarrasing. One jar is for the right schedule. If I can just get the right schedule down then my life will be easier and I will have more time to "self actualize" (former psych. major). If my children will nap at the same time, if my daughter will sleep later in the morning, if I can find a reliable babysitter, then I can spend more time reading my Bible, praying, serving, etc. The other jar is for physical fitness. If I lose a little more weight, eat better, exercise more and then, well if that doesn't work, just get better fitting clothes . . . Yes, when I lose that weight I'll be able to leave that water jar by the well and move on from these mundane tasks that are such a burden. Even now part of me wistfully thinks, "wouldn't my life be great if I could just fill those two jars!" But really, who am I kidding? The next day I'll need to return to the well and fill them. And I'll try to do it by myself because everybody else seems to already have their jars filled, and I hate being the only one with these two empty jars.
But today is going to be different. Because this morning I am going to the well with those jars. And when I take my jars and Jesus asks me for a drink, I'm going to sit and talk for awhile. And because He is God and willing to muster up human frailty on my behalf, I'll leave those jars for Him. And today I'll take the living water that he gives me back to the village.