This is Samaria!

I had sought the Lord about what to really bring to the table the retreat weekend of Rebuilt 2. Mostly it kept me up at night for fear of the word that would come forth. Saturday night into Sunday I said to God what will you have next as a closing message to uplift these women of yours? The scripture came to mind about the woman at the well. As I was reading this I came to realize that I am this woman more and more. Seeking that drink, seeking that instant gratitude, seeking that attention or seeking some help. I could imagine that this woman suffered low self-esteem, depression and that feeling of being unwanted. She told Jesus—why are you even talking to me? This woman was often unnoticed…only recognized by an enemy which would further bring her into a pit of darkness. In the first passages it states “BUT He needed to go through Samaria”. As I read it during the Sunday morning session I remembered a message that I gave on “This is Samaria”. I stood there for some time trying to express to all what this was like. In the eyes and experience of all this will vary. However, one thing that my spirit immediately grasped therefore felt the presence of God ever present in the time of trouble was that we are actually all in Samaria at this point of our lives.

John the Baptist Church at Samaria
If you look at photo here –this is what Samaria looked like in the natural. Jesus needed to pass through here. It has no roof, no covering, it is filled with rocks and stubble and does not even look like a place of comfort. Imagine the Son of Man—Jesus Himself having to go through yet another dry place. I wouldn’t want to pass through here. I wouldn’t want to live here, in the scorching heat, I wouldn’t want to even have to return there or ever think of a place that could never even be pleasant.
But we are all there. We live there now…we are passing through and for many of us we have to take up residence in a VERY uncomfortable territory. What I could only encourage you is that even though you cannot see it…THERE IS A WELL THERE…. somewhere inside this very place lies a WELL…of water, of refreshment, of restoration, of rebuilding, of renewal, of replenishment! It only makes us appreciate God all the more—that even in this place He actually has a well JUST FOR US! Despite what we have done, despite what we have been through.
And I know it hurts sisters…you have come back from victory, shouting, laughter and rejoicing but behind that smile is LIFE!!! For many that is even very painful. All I can tell you is this… find the well. Find a time to get in the presence of God…STOP what you are doing…take a rest…take a moment…call out to God in prayer! Read His word and not just this wall of encouragement! Seek His guidance as well. All these things are good but there is something that is genuinely better! That is the very presence of God. And you get that by talking to Him… how??? You may say… HOW? The same way you talk to me…to a friend…to the facebookers… just TALK…sit! He will listen to you…THERE IS TIME…I can promise you that. Whether it be in the morning, night, lunch hour there is that moment when you can call out to God in your moment of weakness and anguish. For there is a God that will never run out of water at HIS WELL.

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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