right now: february 2020

Making: Plans and a lot of dinner/drinks friend dates 🙂

Cooking: I made a thing of mujadara the other night. Been making a lot of stuff in my dutch oven–a lot of chicken soup, but also braising things while it’s still kind of cool outside.

Drinking: All the coffee, lots of HEB brand lime sparkling water, but right now it’s a Diet Pepsi because the Barnes and Noble where I’m writing this doesn’t have water thanks to yesterday’s water main break

Reading: Still doing Keller’s book on prayer. Someone left The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the break room at work and I’ve been reading it in bite-sized chunks. I also got Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? through interlibrary loan–it’s about Leviticus and it’s actually really awesome, believe it or not. (You know you’re a Bible nerd when a discussion of the chiastic structure of the Torah gets your sparks flying.)

Wanting: The weather to make up it’s friggin mind, GEEZ

Looking: At when I can take some time to get up to Waco and Austin…

Playing: My guitar again–I got it serviced at Guitar Center and it’s in good fighting shape, so I’ve been trying to play it a lot more.

Deciding: Whether or not to go to Austin in a couple of weeks for this

Wishing: My allergies weren’t so bad. (I am, however, one of the last people in my department at work to not get actually sick, so I am praying my immune system keeps up the good work.)

Enjoying: Having a random day off today–thanks to the water breaking the university where I work was closed. I have a couple of things I need to get done for work tomorrow, but it shouldn’t take long.

Waiting: For Easter, on this third day of Lent. And for my car to get fixed–apparently my air conditioner compressor was janky and it’s at the shop right now.

Wondering: What I should cook for next week–I’m trying to be better about meal planning instead of eating out a lot.

Loving: How the weather is right now–70-odd degrees and sunny, it is perfect.

Pondering: Whether or not to get tickets to Hamilton when it comes through.

Considering: Reupholstering these chairs I’ve been hauling around with me forever, and also where I’m going to live after my lease runs out…

Buying: A subscription to StitchFix! I set it up so I get stuff quarterly and I was quite pleased with the first one.

Watching: The Chef Show on Netflix. I have a whole stack of DVDs from the library that I need to watch soon, too.

Hoping: I get stuff done tonight and tomorrow that I need to…

Needing: To do laundry, prep for trivia tomorrow, finish this thing for work, get groceries, vacuum my apartment, change my sheets…all that stuff I need to get done, lol.

Smelling: That good Barnes and Noble bookstore smell…

Wearing: Jeans, black and white plaid shirt, tan flats.

Admiring: The patience of the barista who told me they weren’t making drinks–I can only imagine how many disappointed/angry people she’s had to deal with today, unfortunately

some thoughts on John 4

In John chapter 4, we see Jesus meeting a woman at a well, which hearkens back to some other biblical meetings at wells–Abraham’s servant travels to a far country to find a wife for his master’s son, Isaac, and asks God to give him a sign of a young woman drawing water, who will draw water for him, his men and camels. Jacob runs away from home to a far country where so he can escape his brother Esau, and rolls away the stone covering the well, against the custom of the local sheep herders, to help out his cousin Rachel. And Moses runs away from Egypt to a far country, and rescues Zipporah and her sisters from men blocking their way to the well.

A few things these incidents have in common:

  • The men go away from their own country to other lands. The people they land among are outside the chosen people of Israel, but closely related–Rebekah is Abraham’s niece, Rachel is the daughter of Rebekah’s brother Laban, and Zipporah is a Midianite, also a descendant of Abraham via his concubine Keturah (Genesis 25:2). These women get brought in to the chosen people of God via their husbands.
  • These men find wives at these wells. (In Abraham’s servant’s case, a wife for someone else, of course.)
  • In Jacob and Moses’ cases, they remove the obstacles to the women’s being able to drink from the wells, but also to their being able to care for their sheep.

Back to John 4: Jesus leaves Judea in order to get away from the Pharisees (vv. 1-2) and goes into Samaria, which is not His own homeland; the Samaritans are closely related to the people of Israel but are themselves not considered part of God’s people. Jesus is, in a way, coming to bring this woman into the people of God as His bride, as a member of His church. After her five husbands and the man she’s living with, He is the seventh Man, the One who will give her shalom and give her a place to belong. And His line of questioning to her is Him removing the obstacles and rescuing her from the ones who would prevent her from being able to come and drink from Him, the living water.

Neither Jacob’s well nor the temple mount in Jerusalem are now the Promised Land–the Promised Land is not a place, but a Person, and He sits down in Samaria to bring this woman home. More than that, He sends her out to take the water to the rest of His sheep who are not of Israel’s flock.

And who’s to say that He doesn’t do the same for us?