“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.’ “John 4:9-10
Dear Jesus, That woman threw poo at you and you stayed in the conversation and loved her through it all. When you ignored the poo and reached out again boldly with your love and truth, I’m sure she could feel it. But she held to her hard hearted guns for a few more moments. Then you outlasted her and got behind the walls to rescue her lost soul. Help me to ignore the poo that people throw at me in conversations and to stick to a loving course of communication so I can reach behind their walls to either save or encourage their hearts. Help me to hang in there and not just walk away. And maybe more importantly, keep me from throwing poo at others. Instead, give me the courage to humbly accept their help even if it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. Amen.
God constantly pursues our hearts with love and truth through people. Give up the fight and embrace it.