The Key Is Right There

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

            This past Wednesday evening we were all standing around visiting after the service was over.  Well at least most of us were.  One lady, I won’t mention her name, was looking in her purse.  One of the men came in and told her he had looked around her car but didn’t find anything. 

            He said that he was going to go through the trash to see if they accidently had been thrown in the trash.  I asked what was going on.  She looked at me and said, “I’ve lost my car keys.”  I know how that feels so I went over to the trash and started helping look through the trash to see if they were in there.

            We had only been going through the trash for a few minutes when another man said, “What’s this over here.”  We looked up to where he was pointing.  It was at the curtain that is tied off to the side of the doorway going into the kitchen.  Hanging there about waste level, caught in the material were her keys!

            Our mouths just fell open!  Less than three feet from the trash can hung the keys we were looking for.  We were so focused on looking in the trash we didn’t see them.  She was so focused on looking in her purse, she didn’t see them.  Then this other man, focused only on what was in front of him, saw the keys.

            We all had a good laugh on where the keys were found and how they had been in plain sight.  Even though they had been in plain sight, we had missed them.  We had been so focused on where they keys might have been that we failed to see where they were.

            That’s not the only time that has ever happened to me, but this really stuck out to me.  I mean, seriously, we had been going through trash while what we were looking for was only a few feet away hanging in plain sight.

            As I thought about this, one encounter in Scripture came to my mind.  It is where Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in John 4.  Jesus asked her to draw Him a drink from the well.  She couldn’t believe that a Jew would speak to her, a Samaritan.

            Jesus told 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.” (John 4:10).  This threw her off because Jesus didn’t even have a bucket to draw water.

            Jesus then shared that “….  whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (Jn. 4:14).  By this time she was really confused.

            After sharing with her about where men will worship and who they will worship, Jesus says to her – “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall 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.”  Jn. 4:23-24

            The woman said to Him, “I know the 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.”  (Jn 4:25-26).

            This woman encountered Christ, face to face, at the well.  While she ultimately testified that the Messiah was coming, she was so focused on what she had going on that she couldn’t see Jesus for who He was.  She saw what He didn’t have and not what He did have.  She saw things from her perspective and not His.

            That is like us as we looked for those keys.  We couldn’t see them because our eyes were so focused on where we were.  That is like so many who are so focused on where they are at and what they want, that they can’t see what they need.

            Once that woman found the ‘key’ in this situation, she told others and they believed because of her testimony.  Others then heard Jesus and believed that He was ‘indeed the Savior of the world.’  The key to eternal life was there for them.  Fortunately they found Him.  Question is – have you?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul