“Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.”
John 4:6, NLT
This is a remarkable account of Jesus’ humanity. He is tired. He had been walking for a long time. It was hot and sticky, and He finds a cool place by an historic well to sit. His legs were exhausted. The funny thing is that we are so quick to emphasize our energy and vigor, and regard that to be our spirituality. But, if we are honest, we also have times of fatigue.
It’s instructive to note that while Jesus is very tired, He is still in the very center of the Father’s will. When I get tired, I just shut down, and retreat. I will often just “unplug” and I’m not very spiritual. But Jesus remains receptive, and even though He is so tired, He is activated by the Holy Spirit. I would like to suggest that perhaps too often we let our humanity direct our spirit.
By choosing to sit by the well, in the hottest part of the day, Jesus positions Himself to wait. He inserts Himself in the Will of God. It is intentional. He is waiting for her to come. He has an appointment, and the Kingdom of God is scheduled to break out in the life of a certain woman.
It is imperative that we weave the spiritual into the fabric of the physical.
This is important because ministry happens more frequently then we imagine. It happens when we are really tired. (And maybe more!). Inserting yourself into God’s Will is an intentional act of love. It is putting yourself into the flow, and committing a deliberate act of faith.
Jesus wants to marinate us in His presence, to be saturated in the capability that He wants to give us.
We may be tired and wanting to retreat in our fatigue. But our spiritual man rarely gets weary, we just let our flesh dictate what we will and will not do. I challenge you to wait expectantly for the the flow to bring to you those in your appointment book.