2nd Sunday in Lent
Sermon on John 4:5-26
Text: John 4:5-26
I remember it being one of the more difficult times of my life. Nothing seemed to be going right. I didn’t really have a job. I couldn’t pay the bills. I felt anxious and uptight all the time. I could put on a fake smile with the best of them, but I truly felt empty inside—as if something were missing. I didn’t really know what true happiness was.
It was right at the peak, or I guess you could say the valley, of this low period for me when I had a life changing experience. It seemed at first like one big coincidence to me, but now I know that it was all a part of God’s plan. Allow me to share with you some of the story, because I am sure that you will find it very interesting.
I was out walking around one day, just minding my own business as usual. I recall it being a particularly hot day. The sun was just beating down on everyone and everything—the kind of sunlight that just makes you feel like you have to sit down, take a deep breath, and rest all the time. Of course, it is important to stay hydrated at all times, so I headed for the nearest place to grab a drink of water. That’s when all the action began to take place.
As I approached the location of the water, I saw a man sitting there right next to the water. He seemed to be relaxing and catching his breath from a busy day under the hot sun. He was a man that was from a different country though, I could tell that immediately just by looking at him. Later I could tell by his accent, just like by my accent you know where I am from. It made me a little nervous to go and get some water because I knew that our countries have had a bad history of not getting along. I suppose it’s similar to the long history between France and England, or even between France and the United States these days. But I really needed water, so I approached anyway.
Sure enough, just as I had hoped he wouldn’t, the man spoke to me. I’ll never forget what he first said to me, because I couldn’t believe what he said! “I’m thirsty. Will you give me a drink?” I thought, “Excuse me? You have been sitting here all along and you want me to give you a drink? And, you are a foreigner and you expect me to serve you? What, have you been just sitting here waiting for me to come along this whole time? You’re kidding, right?” He was not joking. In fact, he had a very serious look on his face. I didn’t know what to expect next. Read the rest of this entry