Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.John 4:6 NKJV
This picture of Jesus’s humanity where scripture says He became weary, and when He did, He rested, encourages me. This was a divinely appointed rest. Christ had pushed Himself hard to get to this place, this well, for this specific appointment. Having arrived, He sat down and rested on the edge of the well. Jesus did not pace restlessly or anxiously. He sat. Quietly and in anticipation, for His Father to bring the woman He was waiting to meet.
This passage is a lesson in learning to rest and wait for the divine appointments God is bringing my way. I have to do my part and work hard to get there, but then I need to rest and wait on the timing of God and for Him to do His part.
I am encouraged to go to the well of Living Water, Jesus and His Word and find rest from my weary journeying up to that point. To fill up and wait for what He wants me to do next or for the divinely appointed people or job to arrive in His timing.
I hate waiting! Frustration, anxiety and restlessness build up in me because time is precious, and I feel it slipping through my fingers like sand. There are a thousand other things I could be doing, and my mind goes off on countless scenarios of what if, or maybe I am in the wrong place. However, rest is needed. It is vital for our souls and bodies to be refreshed and nourished, to prepare for the next leg of the journey, for the next divine appointment.
Are you weary, thirsty and worn out from the journey so far? Have you been rocking and feeding babies for seemingly endless days and nights? Has the work project you have put your heart and soul into left you feeling depleted and unmotivated? Did the marriage you have been working so hard at break, through no fault of your own, or despite your best efforts? Is your teenager walking away from everything you have strived so hard to teach and instill in their life? Are you feeling washed up, useless or lost?
Sit down on the curb of the well of Living Water, the written Word of God and rest. We need to drink deep of His water and wait for His divine appointment. Jesus understands and remembers the feeling of weariness and thirst. His heart is full of deep compassion for where you are. So wait for His perfect timing of refreshment, a new path, changed hearts, new knowledge or awakened motivation and inspiration.
Remember Christ, sitting on that rock-hard well, footsore, bone-tired, stomach rumbling, throat parched, hot, sweaty and coated in dust. He also rested and waited on the Father. Once again, He is our example, and He asks us to follow Him in it.
We can not do it alone.
Jesus longs for us to share our hearts, struggles, and fatigue with Him. He calls us to rest in His presence, soak it in and become refreshed and restored.
He asks us to fill our cups with water that refreshes us like nothing else the world can offer and trust in the One who loves us as no one else can.
After Christ had waited and met with His divine appointment. He told His disciples, who were urging Him to eat, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”, (John 4:34 NKJV). The hunger Christ had felt was forgotten and filled with joy in doing the will of His Father.
The Lord restores us, fills us and refreshes us with Himself while we wait and rest, enabling us to better go about the work He has given us, what we were created for, to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last (John 15:16b NIV)
So dear hearts, plop your weary, worn out, dried up, hungry soul on the side of His well and wait on Him, talk to Him, remember Him, sing praises to Him and drink the Living Water. Our Lord has promised to provide for us, never leave us and make our path straight. He has a plan and promises to lead us in a way we do not know and not forsake us.
Trust. The. Lord.