For the 1st time in 27 years and more than 60 Go West trips that I have taken, we missed our ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) by more than 2 hours. Why?

  • First, we got a bad tank of diesel fuel that eventually clogged the fuel filter in Kansas. And that problem may have caused the bus only go 55 mph on the straightaways and a merger 25 mph–up every little hill in KS, MO & IL.
  • A fuel filter is like plaque in our spiritual heat that gets clogged with sin and shame–and we need Someone to replace our worn out heart!
  • That little clogged fuel filter contributed to the engine overheating when its heat sensors and turbo charger quit, giving us 20% less power/speed. HOWEVER, all we needed was an extra 5 gallons of water to cool it down and make it run up to speed! That was my fault for not manually checking the coolant level!
  • These mishaps help us see an analogy of faith–the reason why we were 12 hours late–
  • When we ask Jesus for His Living Water, He eliminates the plaque in our hearts to allow us to be filled with His Spirit and to walk–even run–a new life of faith in Him.
  • You might like to read the following bible story about a woman from a non Jewish culture who met Jesus one day but who had no idea who he was or what he was offering her.

John 4 (Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman)

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living
water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

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