In John chapter 4, the sad situation of the Samaritan woman cannot help but stir within us the deepest of sympathies. We are told of her marriages to five different men, and that she is living with her current boyfriend. How these marriages ended, the Bible does not share. Perhaps, the men divorced her. Perhaps, some passed away. Today, most are familiar with the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale that tells us the two most severe stresses that can be experienced are firstly, the death of a spouse and secondly, divorce. This woman had been through such traumas not once, not twice, but five times. We can confidently deduce that her heart was not merely broken, but shattered. Emotionally, she was a wreck. While women would generally come to draw water during the early morning or late afternoon, avoiding the hottest times of the day, this lady come at midday, seemingly wanting to avoid interacting with others. She was in survival mode. Not caring any longer about the quality of her life, she was focused simply on getting by. However, one precious encounter with Jesus changed everything! We see how, following her conversation with Him, she was entirely transformed. Whereas previously she would avoid conversing with others, she became an enthusiastic extrovert, rushing back into the city and sharing news of her encounter with any and all who would listen. Today, are you broken, disillusioned, shattered? I encourage you, find time to spend alone with the One who has the power to transform from the inside out. Pour out your heart to Him and wait for the sweet, restoring touch of His embrace. He will breathe life into tormented souls and strength into weary bones. He will gently revive despondent hearts and channel peace into frantic minds. Today, cry out to Jesus. He will make all right again!
Yours in His service,
For 24-year-old Nompulelo, life was a constant rollercoaster of emptiness and frustration. A single mother of two, she was tired of living the same, sinful way. Nompulelo was searching for more. When she heard our MATATIELE Gospel Crusade being advertised on the local radio station, she became eager to attend. “I could not resist coming,” she said. “While I was not sick physically, I assure you I was sick spiritually. I had countless boyfriends, drank alcohol and went to clubs. I was doing many bad things.” The night she came to the crusade, was the night her life changed forever. “I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour,” she explained, bubbling with joy. “During the prayer I felt warmth all over my body. I felt guilty because of the wrong things I have done, but then, such relief and freedom.” Excited about her new future in Christ, she desires to serve Jesus with everything she has and is. “I want to tell people about Him. I can see myself joining the worship team and serving God wholeheartedly.” Just like the Samaritan woman, Jesus transformed Nompulelo in a single moment, from the inside out!
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Evangelist Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: www.inhisname.org.za