I have started to store the tins of beans in our cupboard upside down. They look wrong, but when you open the can, the beans at the bottom dive enthusiastically into the pan, instead of stubbornly relaxing there, even when you bash the base to remind them it’s time to come out.
‘I eat my peas with honey,’ Spike Milligan wrote, ‘I’ve done it all my life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it keeps them on the knife.’ He was a genius, after all.
Now you would label these two innovative ideas as either ‘thinking outside the box’ if you were impressed, otherwise you might consider them as thinking from ‘off the rails.’
Jesus asked the lady at the well in Samaria to give her some water.
He was well off the rails. You don’t speak to Samaritans, to women, especially at that time of day in this place, because it told you she was a shunned lady. He was seeking a response, and that enabled him to share the drink he had to offer. Living water. Once tasted, you don’t have the same appetite for any other.
Follow me, said Jesus, onto my rails.
I’m not saying Jesus wants you to store your beans upside down, but the Jesus I know sees the world differently, and changes our perceptions to see with love, down to the last bean.