READINGOld Testament: Deuteronomy 11:18-28
Psalms: Psalms 55
New Testament: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel: John 4:1-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 138, 139
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’”
You never know when God will test you. This past summer one of my employees broke the law, was arrested, and sentenced to 90 days in jail. He made that choice, and he had to deal with the consequences. Human Resources wanted to terminate him. He was just a name to them. But I knew the man. I knew that he was a great and conscientious employee. I also knew that he had a family and a young daughter and that this job was an important part of any small amount of financial security he might have.
I spoke with him several times while he was in jail. He was clearly hurting emotionally. I wanted to help him, but this was hard for me. Going to battle with HR over him could have real consequences for me, my own job, and my family. So, I prayed, “God, what would you have me do?” Ultimately, I decided to take on this fight. When he had served his sentence, my employee was able to come back to work for me.
Although this episode was over, I ask myself if I would do it again. More importantly, would I take the same actions if it was just a name, and I did not know the person? I believe that would be infinitely harder for me. If this was a test from God, I credit this as an easy one. I pray that as the tests get harder, that I will accept God’s living water, follow the teachings of Jesus, and act according to His will. Amen.