One of my favorite all time movies is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. I have never really been a big movie person but that and a few others really stand out to me. My brother on the other hand was a movie buff and would go quite often. As a matter of fact, he went and saw Star Wars 27 times in the theatre! He would say every time that it was an entertaining escape into a whole other world.
Why is it that we are drawn to stories, adventure, superheroes, and incredible human feats? Does it reveal a desire for something greater in life? What we think is a need is to escape or be entertained, is a God inspired longing for the extraordinary, above the norm, “plan A” in life! A desire to discover the very reason we were created and to fulfill it.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!” Jesus had that extraordinary life planned for the Samaritan woman and she didn’t even know it. She was obviously not living out “plan A” in her life. Jesus knew this about her and the majority of the Samaritans, so He said, “I must go to Samaria!”
We all have 3 images: our projected image, our perceived image, and our actual image. Our projected image is what we desire that others see, our perceived image is what people do see, and our actual image is what we really are. God see’s our actual image and govern’s our lives accordingly. The Samaritan woman’s projected, what she tired to portray, was that she was this perfect, sugar-coated, well rounded, and put together mother and wife. Her perceived image, who she was seen as, was someone who had 5 ex-husbands and was now living with another man, her reputation was in the toilet. But Jesus saw her actual image. He saw that who she really was desired more than anything to be loved by God, do know Him, to obey Him, and live out His “plan A” for her life.
Jesus said to her “give me a drink”, or in other words, “serve me and your life will never be the same!” She didn’t get it at first, but finally in verse 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am HE.” The Great I Am spoke to her face to face, heart to heart, and then and there she surrendered to Jesus’ authority. She realized that God not only knew all types of images, He created them! He knew her inside and out, and knew that she was living from her perceived image and letting it keep her from God’s best!
Wherever you are in life don’t allow your projected or perceived images to keep you from God’s best, His “plan A” for your life! Surrender to Him, and you will never be the same. He knows and sees all, and thank God He does!