Surprise. Even shock. These can be part of the experience when knowledge is suddenly discovered.

But revelations are also the source of wider and deeper understanding, resulting in personal challenge that leads to change.

Watch for new insights that result from taking these next few moments to listen for what God might have you know.

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Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

John 4:27–30

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When light floods the room, darkness escapes. When the rains finally come, drought disappears. When God is revealed, everything changes. Empowered and freed by her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman leaves behind her water jar and runs back to the city to share her story. The people of the city are so inspired that they leave behind everything to chase after Jesus, frantic and anxious to hear the good news for themselves.

We don’t always know the next step to take after we have experienced the grace of God. It leaves us unsteady on our feet as the boundaries that once defined us are now no more. In those moments, we have to trust that God will reveal to us in time the new life God dreams for us to live.

When did you last let the grace of God loosen the chains around you so that you could wobble around in your newfound freedom?

Carol Harston

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God who is alive and active, walk by my side as I wobble around in this new freedom. May your liberating love shine through me so that the world may glimpse it and leave behind the city to chase after you. Amen.

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Go now, willing to be set free
By words that bring new life,
By grace that brings new light.

Prepare yourself for knowledge that brings peace
Which knows no limits.

God is giving you reasons to be hopeful
And a new song to sing.

Carol Harston

Carol Harston has served as minister to youth at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2007. Born and raised at Highland, Carol has found the joy of caring for youth in the same community that shaped her as a young person. Outside of youth ministry, Carol has her hands full as a mom to James (3 years old) and Collier (11 months old) and wife to Drew (orthopedic surgery resident and faithful youth volunteer).

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