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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: First (as in original) (01/10/05)

TITLE: The Well Wisher
By Diane Johnson
01/14/05


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Jesabella had too many relational heartaches to even count. She thought, "Voden!" (What else would you expect?) For she had a name derived from the Sidonian princess, Jezebel! Well, she was by far no princess. No, she lived a low status. And her continual bad choices caused the "good" citizens of Samaria to pronounce and brand her "wicked and defiled."

What is wrong with me? Why do I keep doing this? I am so foolish. I have no good in me!

Jesabella trudged up the hill to the well, wishing that the other women would not torment her so. She was so lonely. How wonderful it would be if she could share and laugh with them. But they were like the exodus Israelites on the night of the Passover, always fleeing from her as though she were a plague or the Angel of Death. Certainly they have made a mistake or two in their lives?

Jesabella’s water jar seemed heavier today. How she wished that somehow she could start life all over again.

"Oy!" she groaned as she came into view of the well. There sat a lone man, and he's a Jew! By the love of Moses, what was a Jew doing here in Samaria? Now what shall I do? Can I not just have one day of peace from this well that beseeches me?

Jesabella walked quickly to the well with her head lowered and eyes averted. As she picked up her water jar to lower into the well, she was startled by his voice.

"I am thirsty. Woman, will you give me a drink?"

Jesabella stood frozen -- not afraid, but greatly baffled.

The words came out of her mouth before she could stop them, "How is it that you being a Jew ask me for a drink of water?"

Without hesitation he answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked HIM, and He would have given you living water."

Jesabella stood there trying to process his words. What a peculiar thing -- why in all her 26 years, she had never heard of "living" water. What does he mean?

She asked, "Sir, you have nothing from which to draw with and the well is deep! Where then do you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us this well and that he himself drank from?"

He smiled and took her water jar to draw well water for her.

"Everyone who drinks of this water, will thirst again! But! Whoever drinks of the water that I give shall never thirst, and it will become in them a well of water springing up to eternal life!"

Jesabella’s heart began to pound. This was the first time she had ever heard of ANYTHING like this before. In her excitement she blurted out, "Sir! Give me this water, so I will never again thirst and have to visit this well!"

"First…go and get your husband."

Jesabella hung her head in shame and in sorrow and replied, "I have no husband."

He said he KNEW she was not married, and even had been divorced five times. She waited for his condemnation, but instead, this man, whose name she learned was Jesus, began to tell her many new things.

Jesus explained, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth!"

Jesabella’s people were remnants of the northern tribes taken captive by the Babylonians over 700 years ago and followed the writings of the Pentateuch. With the knowledge from these writings she said, "I know that the Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."

Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

She was stunned. All her well-wishing days could not have prepared her for this most unusual, unique and unimaginable encounter with God.

Without thinking, Jesabella ran off towards town, even leaving her water jar behind, as she was eager to tell everyone who would listen that the Messiah had come.


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darlene hight01/18/05
Great storytelling and I love that you gave her a shared name with Jezabel. Very creative!
Sally Hanan01/18/05
Told well (hehe). Because the story was in modern English, it would be good to have the scripture written the same way ie. NLT/ The Message/ Living Bible.
Lynne Gaunt01/20/05
You did a great job setting the scene at the beginning. I could see the well and the people coming and going. Liked it!
Jeremy McNabb01/20/05
What a great adaptation, and a believable one as well. The personalities of your characters shine through. God bless.
L.M. Lee01/21/05
loved the title and the story!
Deborah Anderson01/22/05
I liked the way you brought this story to life in a new light. God bless you.
Debbie OConnor01/23/05
This is wonderful. I'm so glad I read it! Great writing, great message, very creative. Loved it!