On Monday, I told everyone to go listen to Lara Casey's pep talk on Instagram. Did you do it?
At the end of her grace-filled kick in the pants, she linked to her most recent post about "getting unstuck."
This part stopped me in my tracks: "People often get stuck because they are stuck telling a story about why they are stuck. "
It reminded me of the woman at the well. It amazes me, in the presence of Jesus, Almighty God, how the woman could not take her eyes off of the impossibilities.
Impossibility #1: Jews and Samaritans.
"7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.' 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, 'How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?' (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)" -John 4
It's funny that she goes here first. She questions whether Jesus even knows who she is. He's breaking the rules, so he must not know who he's dealing with, here. I mean, how many times a day do you think, "Woah. Slow your roll, dude. You've got the WRONG PERSON." Oh. Just me? Right.
Impossibility #2: Hang on, how are you gonna get that water? You need a bucket, yo. Even the greatest people of all time use buckets!
"11 The woman said to him, 'Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.' ” -John 4
This second one is funny because I totally get where she's coming from. HOW do you get water with no water-fetching apparatus? Are you LISTENING to yourself, Jesus?
Then, Jesus hits her with the truth.
"13 Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' " -John 4
He says, gently, graciously, "We don't play by the rules, here. This water is not just any water." As soon as she hears that, she knows she wants in because it sounds like exactly what she needs.
"15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.'" -John 4
You see, I have been telling the same stuck story for a long time, and I'm done. I'm learning that life does have to be fast, it doesn't have to be about The Hustle, it doesn't have to look like what everyone thinks it should because we don't play by the rules of this world.
But, at the same time, as the veil is being torn away from what I thought my life had to look like, it's showing me more. It's weeding out the lies.
It has to be this way.
If you don't come through, you'll shrink in everyone's estimation.
My hands are tied so I couldn't possibly change things.
If only I had time.
I'll keep going faster so I can eventually slow down.
No it doesn't.
No you won't.
Slow down now to show you're not afraid.
This week I'm getting unstuck from this story in a few small ways. I'm taking my eyes off of the impossible, and choosing to tell the story of who God is rather than what the world says He can't do.