In this passage, Jesus travels from Judaea to Galilee, several miles north. History tells us that the established route between the two towns was to the east, along the path of the Jordan River, which takes you straight to the Sea of Galilee. However, Jesus doesn’t take that route. Instead, He chooses to take a more westerly course through Samaria, a place shunned by the Jews as a theological ghetto. Why does Jesus take the usually avoided road, through a desert region, occupied by the despised Samaritans?
"There is blasting, cutting, shaping, and polishing to be done before you go.
So, your trials are blasting you,
affliction is cutting you,
and sorrow is shaping you, polishing your facets."
I love this, and know it to be true in a way I hadn't previously.
This shaping, polishing is such an incredible blessing, as it removes worldly detritus.
With eyes on Jesus, one can feel the weight of said detritus fall away through the blasting.
What fools we can be when life floats along as we like. What amazing grace is this blasting.
PS: I've so enjoyed your substack devotionals. Thank you!