Like the woman at the well we all have a story to tell. Each of us has a longing that needs to be filled. We search and search for it in people, in things, but nothing ever satisfies. Have you ever wondered why this woman was alone at the well? She came at noon. She came when no one else was around. She was ashamed of her life. She knew she was unclean; the women whispered and spoke harsh words to her. She was a harlot. She would rather come to the well in the heat of the day, that way she could avoid the confrontations.
This woman longed for something more. She had looked for love in men and had come up short. So when Jesus speaks to her she is startled. What does this Jew want? First of she comes from the worst city in Samaria, Sychar and she is a woman. Has he heard of her reputation? What does Jesus do? He speaks to her directly. Not only that but he asks her for a drink of water. She warns, ”I will make you unclean, you consider us dogs.” Her guard is up she is ready for harsh words to be thrown at her. Her heart aches. She wants to run, but what if he is here for business.
Then He does something amazing! He already knows her past, but he wants to change her future. He offers her living water, one that can satisfy her thirst forever. At first she thinks of her circumstances. Give me this water so I will never have to come to this well again. She won’t have to see these women again, or come and have men proposition her. Jesus offers her something even better. He makes her confront her past. He tells her about her 5 husbands and about the man she lives with now. She has to confront her mistakes. Yes all of this true and yet he still offers her living water, the water that will satisfy her one desire.
She knows he must be a prophet, he just told her everything she has ever done. Jesus then explains to her that a time is coming when everyone will worship God in Spirit and in truth. She explains she is waiting for the Messiah to explain things to her. I AM THE MESSIAH. Those words echo through her heart, wait the Messiah just offered me living water. I am loved. He accepted me. I am valuable.
The disciples come back and see Jesus talking to this woman. She looks up they don’t see the old her, but a new person. In those few moments Jesus has transformed her entire life. She is a new person. No one is asking questions, they also do not condemn her.
She is so excited; she cannot contain the joy that is bubbling up inside her. She leaves her jar of water and runs to tell the very people that she was trying to avoid. “He knows all about me!! He might be the Messiah!! Come and see!!! He knows everything I have ever done.” They come running to see this amazing man and many more believe.
This woman’s past is now forgotten. She is now known as the woman who showed us the Messiah, the Son of God. By her testimony they believed and knew the Jesus was the Savior of the world. Her life was changed in and instant. Her whole life was transformed. She was a woman that would thirst no more. The Savior of the world fulfilled her longings. Jesus found her. He is the well that never runs dry. We too can know this love. Look to Jesus and He will write your story.
By Kimberly Lunn
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your insight saying that, "She won't have to see these women again, or come and have men proposition her" suddenly made me think of Jesus--a man-- propositioning her by making her an offer! He was chatting her up! He made the first move! And instead of dirtying and drying up her life, He refreshed and cleansed her conscience. Good job on opening up her thoughts and her conflicted feelings. This is one good story with a happy ending.