I am struck today, during this unprecedented worldwide Covid-19 situation of what God sees. What is He saying to us during this unique period of isolation? How do we take full advantage of this opportunity?
I have been drawn to the women at the well (John 4:4-42) - read it from her isolation perspective. She is isolated on three levels. First, as a Samaritan, she is isolated culturally from the Jewish community. The isolation is quite bitter and downgrading towards the Samaritans.
Secondly, she is isolated (ostracized) socially from other people in her community. This is a result of her lifestyle choices of being with too many men. She is at the well in the middle of the day because she is not culturally allowed to be with others in the morning. All alone.
Thirdly, we come to understand she feels isolated from worshipping God at the temple
Yet she encounters Jesus in a powerful way in her isolation. Jesus uses some very bold dialogue to talk to her about living water and never being thirsty again. He confronts her on her 5 husbands and the current man who is not her husband. Through all this Jesus actually introduces himself as the Messiah. This is not His usual pattern; usually, he says to people tell no one about this, but with this Samaritan woman he tells her that she can now worship God in heart and mind – in spirit and truth. It is like he saved his personal introduction as Messiah just for this encounter with the women at the well.
This CHANGES EVERYTHING
Not only is her isolation broken, she then becomes the catalyst for a whole town to encounter Jesus too. In verse 42 we see that many others have come to believe and know that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world.
WOW, isolation can produce great fruit if we use it to seek Jesus.
I believe God wants to strengthen our "spiritual intimacy" during this season. Great fruit will come but this is an opportunity like no other in our lifetime to be given a less busy time so we can fill it with intimacy with the creator.
Just as Elisha asked God to show his servant what he saw. We are in the presence of a mighty army. Our circumstances are not to consume us, the Lord wants us to encounter with Him, the King of the universe.
Lord open my eyes so that I may see what you see!