Art Journal Note: here I have used a magazine picture of some spring flowers, I love the picture as it shows the new flowers pushing up through the old dead brown leaves left after the autumn and winter. The most well known part of the verse I have written on little bunting flags made from blank sheet music paper (the ampersand reminded me a little bit of a treble clef!) & tiny scraps of scrapbook paper, cut in triangles and glued to narrow ribbon, strewn across the background. The main verse is handwritten using one of my favourite pens, a simple white gel pen.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Here, in this familiar and well loved passage, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well. He has a lengthy conversation with her, revealing such deep truths about God to a Samaritan woman – this is a woman with a bad reputation, from a despised culture! I love the extravagant grace He extends to her, showing us that no one is beyond His reach. He is full of surprises.
What has struck me anew with this passage is where Jesus says:
“For the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.”
Wow. Jesus said that the Father is seeking. Looking. Searching. He is on a mission to find true worshippers who worship Him in spirit and truth.
This verse to me, is a ‘Wake Up!’ moment. A call to examine how I worship the Father. I want to be one of the true worshippers, that the Father is seeking!
I admit I have had moments, despite my best intentions, when I have fallen far short of this, when I have been lukewarm, or followed along with a routine of worship without really engaging my mind or heart, when I may have been physically present but elsewhere thinking about other things.
But the Father is actively seeking those who worship Him in spirit – deep, meaningful, surrendering worship from the heart, soul, mind, will, and emotion – all that I am. And in truth – to me this means living out our daily lives walking in His ways as an act of worship. Not saying one thing to God, and then living our lives our own way.
Father God, help me to understand more of how you want me to worship you, in spirit and truth. I’m sorry for the many times I fall short. I want to be a true worshipper, the kind that you, my Heavenly Father, are seeking. I pray that as I give you my very best, honest worship in spirit and truth, you would find what you are looking for, in me.
In Jesus Name, Amen.