Can you see the coin in this picture? It could be easy to overlook, covered in all that dirt. I love to go metal detecting. One day, my son JJ and I, were out detecting in a Pennsylvania farmer’s field. We had been invited by the owner who had told us that back during the Civil War, both the North and the South has crossed this piece of property. We detected for hours, digging in the dirt and finding nothing but trash items. My detector sounded a beep, and I dug down pulling out another piece of trash, or did I? Upon further inspection, and the removal of some dirt, I realized I had found an 1812 Large Cent Penny. I dug another scoop of dirt and found an 1807 Large Cent Penny. Imagine the joy my son and I experienced.
As we find ourselves in this Christmas season, there is no lack of joy, at least to the naked eye. However, not everyone senses that feeling of joy inside. There can be any number of reasons, but nonetheless, many find themselves lost, surrounded by the “dirt” of life, feeling easily overlooked, and joyless.
Consider the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. She felt overlooked and joyless. Part of her pain was brought on by others, and part was brought on by her own doing. It really doesn’t matter how she got to that point, or how people today reach that point. Life’s circumstances, the loss of a loved one, financial and relational issues, wrong choices, and moral failures can all bring us down.
Now, enter Jesus into the picture. He approaches this woman in her state of despair and offers her joy via the gift of life. He tells her everything she has done wrong, and yet she still wants to serve Him. Why? Jesus knew her situation, and still chose her. She sensed the freedom from her despair that only He could provide. Many people were brought to the King because of the joy she realized, and expressed.