As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2 (NIV)
Everyday life can be somewhat routine with not a lot of changes or variations happening along the way. However, when we think of God being active in our lives somehow we have the idea He is not working unless He is doing the spectacular. But, encounters with God often visit us in the mundane and ordinary rather than the extraordinary. It is then we are caught off-guard in those unexpected and life changing moments.
The Samaritan woman started out on her noonday trek to Jacob’s well to fill her water pots (see John 4:5-26). It is there she encountered Jesus resting by the well. Unexpectedly, He asks her for a drink of water. Little did she realize the meeting would be a life altering experience enveloped in a routine task.
Jesus surveyed her life with disarming transparency and grace. The many wounds of her heart were unraveled and laid bare that day. Having five successive husbands, her life was filled with broken relationships and disappointments from unmet expectations. It was a day that started like any ordinary day until God met her in the mundane.
The Samaritan woman initially did not realize who she was talking to or how near she was to the One who could satisfy her inner thirst in life. Although Jesus asked her for a drink of water, she needed His water to quench something deeper than a human relationship could offer. Jesus tells 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.”
That day Jesus opened the door for faith to come into her life, an opportunity to meet with God. She came for ordinary water but left with the wellspring of life He freely offers. God can meet us too in the mundane and ordinary of our lives if we are willing to look through the spiritual eyes of faith and His truth.
Jesus said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38