On last month, I wrote a blog post for Women Walking with Jesus entitled, “The Grow-Up Plan.” In this post, I talked about the tougher areas that, if truth be told, we all have our struggles— faith and submission, to name a couple. I have had several chances over the month to think about how I “grew up” in Christ, and how I continue to grow up in Christ. Perhaps no other life lesson was as liberating for me as my surrender to Christ of my most tender places.
Jesus shows us in Luke 4 the power of surrendering the tender places, and as providence would have it, He uses a woman. We find Jesus resting at a well when a woman came to fetch water for her household. Jesus could have miraculously drawn His own water, but this was not about Him; it was about her chance to grow up and be changed.
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. (John 4: 7-9, NKJV)
I imagine that this woman’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. Jesus never talked “down” to her; she created her own back door. Read more of her story–and mine–at Women Walking with Jesus on Lisa Shaw’s blog.