IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009
A FaceBook Friend posted a link to her page; thought I would pass it along to you. But first read this text then take a look. (It’s a little longer read than we normally have but so worth it.)
7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?
12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”
16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’;
18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”
28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men,
29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”
30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
It may have been for different reasons, different circumstances, different sins; but we have all been NOON at the well. How grateful are we that JESUS came at our NOON and gave us Living Water springing up into Eternal Life? Shall we offer any less to others who are Noon At their Well? (See you in the morning)
This came in while I was sleeping; so it is FRESH to me this morning and I can’t wait for you to read it. It’s from Emma: Hi Kathie, My son, Captain Eppes, talked to Captain Tran (who had a stroke a while back) and he is still in therapy (back in L. A., CA where he is from). The Commanding Officer did his Officer’s Evaluation Report and Cpt. Tran missed making Major by 2 wks. He told Jonathan that it just wasn’t worth fighting him for it but it is so wrong. Anyway, back to Cpt. Tran. He is improving every day – walking with a cane, I think. He is paralyzed on his right side but his speech is very improved. He told Jonathan that he was doing really well and wants Jonathan to come visit soon. He said that he was a Christian now! How about that! I told Jonathan to be sure and let him know how you have had him on the prayer list – since he had the stroke. Isn’t it wonderful to see the fruits of our labor? Cpt. Tran has a long way to go but his spirits are good and got his faith now too! Because of Him, Emma
Isn’t that the most glorious thing in the world?! I have tears of joy and jumping up and down giggles. Cpt. Tran was added to our list late Summer or early Fall 2008. We prayed for him to come to know the LORD and he has!!! I cannot tell you how thankful I am for us to be a part of what ABBA has done and is doing. The part about the Commanding Officer is really sad but God can change him too! Look again at the last five words of verse 30: and they were coming to Him. Oh yes! That’s what it is to be all about – coming to Jesus! And to think we are privileged to meet people at their wells, especially at NOON. To HIM be all the glory!
OH ABBA, thank You. Thank You for allowing us to be a part of this. Thank You for saving Cpt. Tran and letting us enter into that work with You by praying for him. Oh, help us do this over and over again collectively as IDOKs and individually as we meet people in our day to day walking to and from. And we pray this morning for his Commanding Officer, we have no other information about him than he often refusing promotions for his men. You know his heart, You know what he needs to be at peace with You and his men and we pray he will submit to You and become the officer that You would have him be. Thank You for this news, thank You for this day that is before us, Thank You for saving us when we were at the well at noon, ashamed and alone. You are so AWESOME LORD JESUS. We pray now for every one listed here, for any lost of them to meet You at the well and be saved. We pray for Linda and all here who are grieving, that You will comfort them and make them whole again. We pray with renewed vision this morning for all our IDOK Troops, here at home and on foreign soil, for their protection in mind, body and spirit. And thank You that Drew is due to come home in a couple weeks. We pray for his safe passage and that he will adjust to life at home well and find meaningful work and ministry to do here. We again pray for the Peace of Israel and for the repentance of America and for revival to come upon Your Church. Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 68°F and scattered clouds in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) & the time there is 2:34 PM AST on March 18, 2009.
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.