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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hiding out at the movies

After watching “Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps” with Maryann, I was waiting for her outside of the movie theater. Out of the corner of my eye, one movie patron caught my attention. Why? Well she had purchased one movie ticket for a movie that started in ten minutes and she was asking the movie attendant if she could buy another movie ticket for the next movie after the first one ended and then she asked if she could buy a third ticket for the next movie after the second movie ended. I know some of you have secretly wished you could just sneak away and watch one movie by yourself, but two movies, or three movies? Maryann told me that she probably had a day off and wanted to catch up on some new movies. But my spirit told me otherwise. She was lonely. How could I tell? I just felt the Spirit of God tell me that she was lonely. Was she lonely enough to buy three movie tickets in a row and hide out in the movie theater all day? Yes she was. I often think of the biblical story of the woman at the well; the lady that went to the well to gather her water in the middle of the day, in the absolute heat, at the worst possible time to gather her water. Yes, that lady. I believe that water represents life’s nourishment and that without water to our soul, we die. Maybe not all at once, but we die over time. Without friends, without loved ones, without others to check up on us, we die. If I had been able to talk to the lady, I would have liked to have reminded her of Psalm 68:6, “God places the lonely in families or another version reads, “God makes a home for the lonely.”  What did Jesus tell the lady at the well, in John 4:14, “But whomever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  We have the nourishment of Jesus Christ inside of us and it is up to us to remind others that it can be inside them also. They can have the nourishment, friendship, and love of a Savior that is beyond time, beyond reason, and beyond human hope. We have that hope inside of us. Let it out and allows others to experience the same freedom you experienced at one time.