“The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). Jesus said this of second coming. But it’s also a familiar pattern of Jesus’ dealings with us in almost all areas. His reasons for this are mysterious and glorious, as the woman at the well in John 4 experienced.
Let’s imagine this Samaritan woman many years later as Photine1, living in Rome and listening to a young friend, Clodia, expressing her discouragement in waiting on Jesus.
Photine sensed Clodia’s invisible burden. “What’s on your mind, dear?”
“You know I don’t accept that response. Would you hand me the basket of pears?”
Clodia passed the basket. “I know. But nothing is what’s on my mind .…