"The sky is the limit"… We’ve all heard that one before or what about this one? "If you shoot for the stars you may fall into the clouds". My question to you however, and what you may be asking me is, but what does these two quotes really mean?
At graduations, during commencement speeches these two quotes are most commonly used. From a Mom, who dares to inspire her daughter to "reach higher" (that’s another one of those catchy quotes) or from a Father who’s desire is to push his son to "soar to higher heights". All are intended to push an individual or group of individuals beyond their current potential. No harm no foul - unless you have no idea what to do after the push.
Many have no clue what's the first step to "reaching for the stars" nor how on earth he/she will "soar to higher heights". The good news is, however, you’re not the first to be clueless in this area.
God told the Woman at the Well that she would “never thirst again” (John 4:14). Now, I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like a commencement speech quote. I’ll never thirst again? Reach for the stars? Neither seems obtainable, right?
What I like about the Samaritan women was that even in her “lack of knowledge” she:
1.) didn’t give up asking questions and seeking information to get answers to questions she didn’t have answers to
- why are you asking me for a drink? (vs. 9)
- but sir you don’t have a rope or a bucket? where would you get this living water? (vs. 11)
Instead of looking at Jesus side eye and dismissing him all together because he wasn’t a Samaritan. She inquired about His people…
- “So, tell me why it is that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” (vs. 20)
I love her! (like she's my BFF in my head) She’s like, listen Linda, I’ve got questions and you’ve clearly got answers!! ;)
Another thing I adore about her character is that although she had many questions, she had a servant’s heart first.
“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” (John 4:7) …the gesture surprised her, but she gave Jesus what he asked for. The Bible never said she refused.
Which leads me into my second point.
2.) Before she drew water for herself she gave. She didn’t have to, but she did anyway. In the midst of concerns, questions, and confusion. The Samaritan woman did what Jesus asked. We can all learn from this one. Her participation produced her purpose!
The third point I would like to make from John 4:1-42 is this:
3.) She understood purpose was bigger than her
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (John 4:29-30)
Even if she didn’t really understand what was going on, she was well aware that what had happened to her was so life transforming that she couldn't keep it to herself!
In fact, because she wasn’t hesitant to run and go tell the other’s in her village her experience that day at the well, the bible says, “Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman…” And Jesus stayed another two days, “Long enough for many more to hear his message and believe.” (John 4:39;41)
In this New Year,
I’m prayerful that I take on the characteristics of The Samaritan Woman. I pray that with all the things God has called me to do,
1.) I do them without reserve. Seeking knowledge and asking questions if I have to.
2.) I serve and give to others before giving to myself
3.) Understand, even in my weaknesses and lack of knowledge that my purpose is bigger than me and that my participation, even in places unfamiliar, would open doors for His glory to be revealed in my life and that many would get to know Him because of it.
I pray these same blessings for you. So don't be afraid to:
Shoot for the stars.
Soar to higher heights …AND TAKE FLIGHT!
For with God on your side nothing shall be impossible and His promises reign supreme. You will never thirst again!
XO - Cecelia