First Impressions


It was 25 years ago this week that Lisa and I met on a blind date at the 12th Street Grill in Manhattan Beach. I was of course, on my best behavior. I was trying hard to be as witty, funny and charming as possible. Luckily, I was able to win her over before she was able to learn about all my quirks, flaws and shortcomings. Isn’t that what happens every time we get to know someone better? Upon first impressions, many people seem very impressive. It’s only as we get to know them better that we become aware of their imperfections.

This brings to mind one of my favorite passages in scripture - John chapter 4 when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. As you know, Jews and Samaritans did not get along (to put it mildly). In verse 9, when the woman first meets Jesus, she addresses him as “Jew.” In verse 11, after Jesus tells her about living water, she calls him “Sir.” Next, Jesus demonstrates his insight into her past by telling her about her five husbands and her current boyfriend. After this, she refers to him as “prophet” and when Jesus reveals more to her, she addresses him as Messiah.

It’s common for our impressions of humans to diminish as we get to know them better. It’s the opposite with Jesus. All we do is become more and more impressed the more we get to know Jesus.

Lord, we pray that we will all come to know you, your word, your mercy and your love better and better each day. Amen.

Brad Gauen

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