She was tired of being alone most of the time. All the other women judged her and rejected her. It was in the heat of the day that she would once again step out onto the dirt road and take that lonely walk to the well. Covering her face, her head hung down. Only her weary eyes were to be seen as she counted her steps to the well.
As she approached the well, a stranger kindly asked her for a drink. Startled by his voice she looked up and realized he was not from around her town and it was against the rules for him to talk to her.
With uncertainty in her voice she softly spoke.”You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman, why are you asking me for a drink?”
I love this story taken from John 4:1-29
Here was a woman down cast and forgotten and deep in her sin.
All the odds were against her and in steps Jesus. He breaks the rules made by man and within a conversation captivates the heart of this lonely woman.
( Back to the story.)
Jesus replies , “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water.” ( I’m sure she must have chuckled under her veil as she spoke up boldly.) “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket, and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? (Don’t you love it!)
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink of the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
Can you imagine. Her heart must have skipped a beat. “A fresh bubbling spring and eternal life?”
She was tired and weary of this life. She was lonely and thirsting for something more. And here a stranger offering her something she didn’t even know she needed. I mean she was getting water for many reasons. She might have needed it to cook with. To drink. Maybe to do household chores?
But what she was unaware of was the deep thirst she had that she could not quench no matter what she did. Her life was a mess and Jesus was there to offer himself to her. The choice was hers.
With the most beautiful response she speaks.
“Please sir, give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” ( Maybe she was meaning she wouldn’t have to come out during the day when all the other woman were hanging out possibly watching her walk to the well as they talked about her.)
Oh what joy. She has no idea that Jesus is about to set her free. We’re talking no hiding here.
Jesus speaks, “Go and get your husband.”
What? One minute they’re talking about water and the next Jesus gets personal?
She tires to keep her composure and calmly says, ” I don’t have a husband.”
Jesus nails it in his reply “You’re right! You don’t have a husband for you have had five husbands and you aren’t even married to the man your living with now.”
Talk about humble pie. She was exposed yet continued to carry on the conversation as though her sins had not just been revealed.
But it was there that her heart began to be filled. He knew her yet didn’t judge her. He called her sin out in the open yet welcomed her to come to him just as she was.
Their conversation drifted to the laws and the reasons and the coming of the messiah.
Jesus says to her, “I am the messiah!”
My heart is beating with excitement for this woman.
She takes off running back to her village leaving her water jar beside the well. She starts telling everyone about this man who told her everything about what she had done and she says “Could this be the messiah?”
Remember in the beginning of this story she was alone. She walked in shame for the choices she had made. No other woman wanted to be her friend, maybe they feared she’d take their husbands away. However She is now running through the village where everyone knew her and she was unafraid and unashamed to proclaim what Jesus had done for her.
He was setting her free. He captured her heart and she wanted that living water.
The bible says in verse 30.”So the people came streaming from the village to see him.”
Jesus takes a life that is filled with shame and he exposes the lies with his truth and offers his life-giving water.
My heart is quenched.
Thank you that your love for us is able to see past what the world sees. Thank you that because of Jesus’ blood we no longer need to live by guilt and condemnation. We get to drink freely of your living water. I pray for everyone who finds themselves caught up in their life story. May today be the day they freely drink of your life-giving source. In Jesus name I pray amen.
If you find yourself at the well, Jesus is offering you freedom. The choice is yours.
His Word Is Alive,
~ Jamie ©2015
The New Living Translation.
Tyndale house publishers, Inc. ©2009