Her life didn’t turn out the way she planned. Everything was a struggle, from childhood to adult, it was a constant struggle; as if she was under a curse.
All her life all she ever wanted was to be loved.
As a child she would envy other children who had parents who loved them. She wanted to be like the other girls who walked with their heads high and carefree. She wanted friends to laugh with and parents to ask her how her day was.
Of course, she over compensated for the affection she hungered for, her flirts for love and validation only left her with deeper wounds. She was misguided by her skewed perception of what love is, mistaking touch and empty words from lovers as the real; even though, deep inside, she knew…
Yes, all her life all she ever wanted was to be loved.
Years have passed, five husbands and the lovers in between have come and gone. Resolved in her belief that it was too late for her, she settled and accepted this is as good as it will ever get.
Everyday she would go out of her way to avoid people. Her dreams were replaced with shame, regret, and disappointment.
A day, a Man, a God, that changed her life forever!
There He was at the well. The audacity He had to even talk to her. Didn’t he know who she was? He must not be from around here, because if He were then He would know to not talk to her; if He wanted to save His reputation.
He did talk to her!
He asked her for a drink? Really? The nerve! She had nothing to give and she was on guard because she couldn’t trust the kindness in His voice. There was definitely something different about Him. He wasn’t undressing her with His eyes. He didn’t talk down to her or try to puff her up with flattery and false compliments.
He didn’t even seem to notice her uncomfortableness (even though she was intrigued, there was something about Him) He talked to her with respect and dignity. Ah, yes, dignity… as if she was someone.
She felt drawn to Him, but she needed to be on guard; she couldn’t trust men.
No matter how she tried to talk circles, He brought it back to her; her need.
She learned to never look a man in the eyes. She had been cast down so low she couldn’t even look up.
This man! There is something different about Him. He told her everything about her and for the first time she didn’t feel judged. It was as if He knew her personally and still He was not ashamed of her.
She felt it in His words. She felt it in His tone.
Her eyes went from looking at her feet, across the ground, to His feet and then up, slowly up… to His eyes.
“I Am.” He said.
It was then she knew… she was looking into the eyes of God!
Her life will never be the same. She no longer looked at her past with regret and shame.
I Am set her free!
I Am wants to set you free, too, Beloved.
Are you at the well of decision? Have you been beaten down? Do you feel like this is as good as it gets? Oh, my friend, there is a more abundant life waiting for you at the well.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me[following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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