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It was a day like any other. Up early to care for the animals we own, harvest food for meals… oh, and get water to drink for us and the animals. I feel a bit warm tending to my chores, but I must stay covered, in my long robes, and no chance of swimming to cool down. Our only water source is a well. I walk with purpose dreading even thinking of the weight of the water filled vessel on my shoulder. I walk swiftly, staying in front of the others. They think they know me - rumors (untruths or a mix of truth and fact) spread like wildfire in a small town. I have arrived.
Wait- is someone speaking to me? A man- he is talking to me. He would like water- why is he asking me? How odd- he speaks to me softly as if he knows me. Telling me about some water that I can have - living water. Living Water? Then he does it- he tells me all about my past- how does he know?
There is no look of condemnation only reassurance/ acceptance.
I give him water and run home and tell anyone who will hear of this crazy experience.
This woman at the well recognized Jesus was not your average man. She was a Samaritan woman (Samaritans and Jews did not socialize). She would have been an outcast from her society due to her past. Don’t just take it from me - check out God’s Word not just my colorful description…
Read: John 4:1-42 (See some highlights below.)
5 "So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a]) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:5-10)
13 "Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” 27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him." (John 4:21-30)
39 "Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39-42)
Have you ever been there, so engrossed in work or chores that you nearly miss an opportunity?
Have you nearly missed an encounter with Him? It could be hearing answer to prayer come out of a friend’s mouth or even a stranger affirming you of the truth.