Our hope in Jesus Christ through every difficulty is that He works all things together for good. Sometimes God’s master plan is that our sufferings today will be the seed of His grace in the lives of others tomorrow. And in everything it will always be forever for our good!
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose Romans 8:28
But He needed to go through Samaria John 4:4
In Jesus’ day Jews rarely went by way of Samaria. We could speculate that Jesus needed to go through Samaria to avoiding the Jewish leaders or maybe just because it was shorter and he was tired! We don’t know the reason but we can all identify with having to go somewhere that we would prefer to avoid.
Samaria was a bit like the business district we go around so we don’t get stuck in traffic. It could be a job you don’t like or a family commitment that is getting heavier every day. You may have to sit by the bedside of a loved one for whom the doctors have to hope. There could be a surgery or a crushing debt that must be paid looming on your horizon. All of our Samarias are different but the one thing they each have in common is that we must go through them.
It is comforting to know at those times of trial, temptation and weariness that Jesus doesn’t just command us to keep going, He has gone ahead of us to prepare the way. Jesus had to go through Samaria because Samaria is where he found you and I. Samaria is where He gave us hope. Samaria is where we discovered we could be accepted by God. Samaria is the place Jesus chose to go and He calls for us to go with Him through our own Samaria today.
The Robin an English Nursery Rhyme
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing
In the early Spring of 1865, the daffodils were just peaking out to bloom and hope hung in the air of our nation. The long bloody conflict of the war between the states had ended and it seemed there would finally be peace. On April 15th a shot rang out in Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Though the peace we came to enjoy would never be shared by Lincoln, the hope of new life could never be put out by a bullet. God will release again the sweet fragrance of the lilacs just as surely, because hope is never a prisoner when put our trust in God.
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring Walt Whitman
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations just as it had been said, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18
Abraham’s hope only could unfold its blossom when it seemed there was no longer any hope. Whatever that we face we know one thing for sure.
… If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Maybe when this Bougainvillea was just a tiny seedling it dreamed of growing in a fine garden on the palace grounds, or nestled among roses and boxwood in the botanical gardens. But to be brought home and planted by a concrete path with just a few feet for its roots to take hold – this was not the dream at all.
But the dreary foggy mornings gave the seedling just a kiss of moisture every day and before she knew it she grew over the small dooryard. Her owners were not kings and queens but just ordinary people who loved the reddish blooms that came every year and cheered them as they came and went.
Just because God has not chosen for us to often be among the “Important” people and places of our world means nothing in His grand scheme of things. He may daily give us dreary misty days so that our roots will be nourished and give us what we need to rejoice and bloom exactly where we’ve been planted.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV
We went to Point Reyes park yesterday. The road wound up and up till we came to a high overlook on Mount Vision. There we could look down and see the difference from our side of the San Andreas fault to the other. On our side of the tectonic plate the land was clothed in Bishop pines and on the Japanese plate side the hills were bare. Every few years the plates move and earthquakes shake California.
In our lives there are two tectonic plates as well. On one side is life and hope while the other is an unbroken stretch of barren land. Paul urges us to take our stand on the side of life in Jesus Christ. The earthquakes come but hold your ground because all you are passing through is of infinite value in God’s eyes. He has given us each a job to do and no matter what the problem we are going through He has promised a life that cannot be shaken a life that steadfastly keeps going in the face of adversity and an abundance overflowing into the presence of our Savior one day!