Meeting Jesus at the Sink
I had avoided them all day and now they were piled higher, perfectly stacked like a Jenga tower, that would topple with the slightest nudge. It was a daunting task at the end of a long day and I wanted to hide from the mountain of dirty dishes and escape to Stars Hollow with the Gilmore Girls. I knew I would regret it in the morning when we didn’t have clean bowls for breakfast, so I began to tackle the mound one dish at a time.
I stared aimlessly at my backsplash, rinsing, washing, loading, my thoughts bouncing all over the place. Meals, play dates, laundry. It was like a to-do list pinball game. As I stood there a still, small, voice interrupted my thoughts, silencing the noise and inviting me to dwell with Him. What I saw as a mundane, overwhelming task, He saw as an opportunity for sacred communing.
I found a set of prayer cards and positioned them behind the sink so instead of staring aimlessly at the backsplash I could stare purposefully at truth. I began to pray over myself, my family and my friends as I rinsed and scrubbed. A daunting and routine task became a surprising, holy moment, as Jesus met me at the sink.
This season as a work-from-home mom of two littles is exhausting. Mentally. Physically. Exhausting. Finding a moment to sit and be still (that’s not at 5 AM) is as easy as convincing my two year old that she can’t have marshmallows for every meal. My days and my hands are full and the to-do list is never done. So often I am so focused on crossing the task off and getting to the next thing that I forget He is there with me, as I fold the laundry, play with the kids, or work on a project.
This is where the woman at the well found Jesus too, as she was going through her regular routine.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) John 4:7-8 NIV
Jesus met her in her mundane, daily, ordinary task of drawing water and transformed her life forever.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NIV
So often I’m waiting to find Jesus during my “quiet” time, the Sunday sermon or powerful worship song, that I overlook His presence in my everyday moments. I miss His invitation to dwell with Him at my “well” and drink from His living water.
Jesus isn’t waiting until Sunday or when we sit down with our Bible and journal to renew us and strengthen us. He’s right there with us in the routine, ordinary moments offering the Living Water of His Presence, as we change diapers, fold laundry, wash dishes, and cross off our to-do list. If we will respond to His invitation to dwell with Him at our “wells” He will satisfy, strengthen and sanctify us in the ordinary and mundane. Some of my greatest transformations have happened dwelling at the sink not sitting in a pew.
Karen loves Jesus, her husband, two daughters and chocolate (in that order). You can find her sharing her journey of learning to live from a place of abiding in Jesus instead of striving in her own strength at karenisbell.com. She is an accidental entrepreneur and creator of Intentional Prayer Cards. Birthed from her own desperation to pray powerful and purposeful prayers, Intentional Prayer Cards equip and encourage you to pray scripture over every area of your life.
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