On a hot summer day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool. It’s like you go from literally being hot and miserable to cool and content all in a matter of minutes. It’s a given guarantee that when you wade into the cool water, your whole body will feel better. As great as this physical sensation is, imagine a “pool” for your emotional state. Just think about all the cares of this world that weigh you down. Would it not be wonderful to have somewhere to go and refresh your soul? You could literally unload the baggage you’re carrying in this world and trade it for an airiness of heart and mind. Any season, any time of day. Does such a place exist? It most certainly does! You’re invited to a pool of promise where hurt, sickness and lies of this world disappear.
Let’s take a little detour through the historic region known as Samaria. The disciples left Jesus to Himself to go into town to get food. Jesus knew He had a divine appointment. A woman came to the well where Jesus was sitting about lunchtime to draw water. She was there by herself as the normal custom of the day was for the women to come early. She wasn’t exactly welcomed in their crowd because she had some baggage she was carrying. She had already had five husbands and the guy she was living with at this time was not her husband. Obviously, like us today, things in her life were “complicated”. Here’s a short portion of their conversation. I encourage you to read the whole exchange of words. “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.’ ‘Please, sir,’ the woman said, ‘give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.’ The woman said, ‘I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ Then Jesus told her, ‘I Am the Messiah!’” (John 4:13-15, 25-26 NLT)
Wow! She came with a bucket to draw water and ended up with Jesus explaining to her that He was fresh water that would never run dry. Also, not to mention that He was The Messiah, The Savior of the world! She was the first person He confessed this to. He chose a broken vessel, just like us, to confide in and rearrange their life so they would never spiritually thirst again! Amazing! Changing lives is what He does best!
Another life changing event that was physical and spiritual for the recipient and also spiritually symbolic for everyone else was Jesus’ encounter with a man who had been blind from birth. “Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, ‘Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam’ (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!” (John 9:6-7 NLT) Isn’t it interesting that the man was already physically blind and Jesus puts mud over his eyes? It’s like The Lord was showing us that even if we can see with our physical eyes, there’s still debris over our spiritual eyes that has to be washed away. There were clearly two types of “seeing” represented here and although we may not have physical blindness, we all are born with spiritual blindness. Jesus took His own saliva, His very DNA and applied it to this dry and thirsty person! This individual’s life was changed forever.
You cannot dip your toes in Jesus’ ever flowing pool of promise and remain the same. He will change you into the individual that you never thought possible. Your change will impact others and so on and so on. This is the plan. He knows your deepest core needs and desires to be your number One Counselor and Agent of change. You may think it’s too good to be true but let me leave you with this promise from the never ending pool. “Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” (Matthew 19:26 NLT)
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.