But the Teacher didn't get a break. While his followers were gone, his rest was interrupted by a visitor. Their conversation would not only change her life, but the lives of many others.
27 At that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. ...
31 In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, “Teacher, have something to eat!” 32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?”
John 4:27a, 31-33 GNT
Bundles shoved in the trunk. Kids buckled in. A glance at her watch, and shaking of her head. A moment too soon, the harried mom started backing out, unaware of a driver in a hurry coming up behind her.
The young woman walking ahead of me toward the store began to frantically wave her arms. Mom slammed on the breaks just in time. The young woman pointed behind her. Mom looked more carefully, smiled and waved her appreciation, then eased out of her parking space. The driver in a hurry narrowly missed a collision and was blessed with an unexpectedly close place to park.
And the young woman? She glided into the store. Her heart seemed full and light, and her face beamed.
34 “My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do ... 37 For the saying is true, ‘Someone plants, someone else reaps.’ 38 I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work.”
John 4: 34, 37-38 GNT
My spirit hungered for the satisfaction that can only come from serving others, as we seek to serve him. Eyes and heart wide open, I went in to shop for a few grocery items, and others to serve.
Dear Reader, has someone served you lately, even in a small way? Did their service inspire you to serve another? I love offering kindness to strangers, don't you?
With silent voices, our hands can speak the language of love to our Father's children. Come on, Dear Reader, grab your tools! Whether we're planting or reaping, we've got lots of work to do!