Latley I have been spending a lot of time feeling bad for myself and my lot in life. Honestly, I have a wonderful life. One I never thought I would be given the opportunity to enjoy. And yet, I can find dozens of things to grumble about.
I have so much to be thankful for.
My sweet step-daughter gave me a book for Mother's Day. I have read it several times since that day. It's about the woman at the well that is found in John 4.
She goes to Jacob's Well to get water. She probably chooses this well to others closer to her home because she is a Samarian. Despised by the Jews. As she approches the well a stranger is waiting and asks her for a drink. Proper manners at that time was to give a drink to those who ask for it. She is taken back a bit because she sees this man is a Jew and they normally do not even speak to Samarians. As she gets his drink he tells her this:
"If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
John 4:10She is told here that Jesus can give her eternal life and she need never thrist for truth again. She than asks for this water and Jesus tells her about her life and she is astonished that he knows her so well. (He knows us all equally as well.) She is then told that He is the Messiah. The Woman at the Well leaves and teaches many of her fellow Samarians about the Messiah and his gift of eternal life.
So, why should I spend so much time with self pity in my heart when I know I too can drink the water Jesus offers and never thrist for truth and have eternal life? Seems like pity is a waste fo time.
Have a beautiful Sabbath.