We all love a good story. But not everyone likes their own story. Many of us would not have written the story the way it appears on our life’s pages. Often we struggle with wanting a different story or someone else’s story. We’ve all looked at our lives and wanted to rip a few pages from the narrative.
But it’s difficult to understand a story if there are missing chapters and pages. Each chapter helps explain why characters are the way they are, and what brought them to this point. We can’t tear out a page or skip a chapter and still make sense of our story. But we can learn to embrace our story and trust God to keep writing our story into His.
The story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well didn’t like her story at all, Rather than gathering water in the cool of the morning or evening, she went in the heat if the day to avoid the other women who met at the well. She likely felt thrown away by her previous husbands, and ashamed that she wasn’t married to the man she was currently living with. She may have been the talk of the town. Hers was not a good story.
But Jesus came to change all that. It started with His question to herm “Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7) And it ended with an astounding revelation, which Jesus had not spoken to another soul. “I, the one speaking to you – I am He.” (John 4:7) She dropped her water pot on the ground and ran into the to tell everyone about this new chapter in her story.
When we drop our water pots filled with anger, shame, condemnation, regret and bitterness, the Living Water cuts a trail in the dust and send us on a new course for life.
What’s your story? Whatever it is the pages you wish you could rip out of the narrative are the pages that matter. Every crossed-out word and every ripped-out page. You can change the ending of your story, just like the Samaritan woman, even if it feels like you’re trapped in a cheaper that had come to a dead stop.