In modern day society, there are many ways for us to communicate with one another. As a result, the world has grown smaller, or so it seems. But even with these technological advances, some things will never change, regardless of the number of years gone by.
What am I talking about? I am referring to the human need to be recognised and accepted. This has never been more felt than in the times we live in now, with all the various means to “post” what we are doing and the things we enjoy or hate on the Internet.
This need to reach out and have someone reach back and acknowledge us is something that we will always yearn for. I am reminded of the story of how a Samaritan woman went to the well at noon and encountered a person who not only struck a conversation with her but accepted her for who she was. That someone was none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Did Jesus happen to come to the well just because He was thirsty? I would like to think that this wasn’t the case; in fact I would like to suggest that He came to the well, not merely for a drink, but also to meet people. For the well is a place where people gather and chat as they draw their water.
In today’s context, this “well” is no longer a physical space but has gone on to the virtual, becoming what is now known as social media. Through various topics of interest, one can strike a conversation with almost anyone in the world via Facebook, Twitter, blogs and, yes, even online gaming. Social media has become an integrated part of our lives.
And just like the Samaritan woman by the well, there are many people out there in the World Wide Web who are looking for acceptance. Will we follow Jesus’ example to engage them in a conversation, get to know them, and lead them to the one true Friend?
Even though I have touched on the virtual, there are many other “wells”—places and platform— where we can strike up a conversation with someone. And one such place could be the dining table and your home. I hope one day my mother will come to know our great and wonderful Savior. Till then, I will continue to pray for her and seek opportunities to discover her needs and concerns, so that I may share Christ with her.
Would you join me in praying for your loved ones whom have yet to know the good news? I know I will and I choose to believe in HE who first believed in us.
At the well I waited,
Past noon till the sun got hotter,
Seeking that eternal water,
Whose taste I could not tell,
Seeking Jesus by the well.