The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” John 4:9
The Autumn season is filled with an array of breath-taking colors as the earth prepares itself for rest. The cycles of rest and rejuvenation through the wintry season enable the Spring to bring forth bursting buds of new growth. We could not imagine a world with a monochromatic color scheme of only green grass, green trees, green flowers, etc. God’s vision of diversity is as we view it every day: Unlimited varieties of flowers; fruit or flower bearing trees; animals, insects, fish, and the list goes on and on. Many of us belong to nature groups, select vacation spots, and have hobbies based on the “fruit of the earth.” We embrace and readily accept the beauty of God’s diverse creation with one exception; we do not accept the diversity of human life.
How is it that we disregard the beauty of the many ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities which are all created by God?
Jesus also faced hatred from the many biases in His society. In spite of the prevalence of prejudices based on religious beliefs, socioeconomic status or nationalities, the Bible records Jesus’ many interactions with individuals from various backgrounds.
Until the last decade, nursing exams consisted of questions that were only multiple choice; there was only one right answer. Presently, the upgraded formats also include: Select all that apply, fill in the missing information, graphs and pictures, choose the exception, and narratives. The variations in testing were necessary to determine if the graduate nurse possessed the knowledge and judgment to render care in diverse situations.
Change is successful when it produces personal growth and positive outcomes. We cannot follow the racial divide based on the decisions of others. The plan for Diversity was created and instituted by our Creator. The shades and hues of our culturally diverse world have the stamp of Divine approval. God’s expectations are that we embrace and enjoy His wonderful artistic blessings of our beautiful world!
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for lovingly creating each unique individual, flower, tree, and animal. Help us to embrace your definition of love by accepting others as you have accepted us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz