Isn’t the point to lead others to that same well we once drew from? It is a place which represents the moment where we encountered Jesus and received His Living Water like the Woman at the Well. The “well” portrays a place where we left the cares of this life and heavy burdens of sorrow, shame, guilt and condemnation. In exchange for Himself, Jesus makes us new providing life eternal where we breathe deeper, walk lighter and take on anything the world brings with this new knowledge of how God is with us; Emmanuel! Nothing compares to the beautiful exchange which takes place at that well.
The woman at the well from John 4 had a few things against her: She was a woman (regarded less than men in that culture). She was a Samaritan (not a good thing in that area of the world at the time). And she had an ugly past (a reputation of 5 husbands she had already been through and was now living with a man who was not her husband). But you see- it didn’t matter about what she brought to the well. God used the bucket which I believe represents a heart ready to be filled up with what Jesus offers. In this story from John 4, Jesus asks the woman for a drink. Maybe this portrays how our hearts are tested when Jesus calls. Will we give him the little bit of hope we have left and watch what He does with it? The world takes from us, leaving us empty, but Jesus gives Living Water, reviving the soul! What a marvelous exchange!
Please take the time to read this story today. It will allow you to see the redemptive life we find in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The end of this story is magnificent. Immediately the woman, overflowing with this Living Water, ran off to tell the rest about who she met at the well! She even forgot to take the jar of water with her! Personally, I believe that’s because the void within vanished. Her insatiable thirst for real love was quenched by encountering her One True Love! In Jesus’ presence, the longings of the soul are satisfied! This is the power of God!
And finally, my FAVORITE part of the story is when immediately afterwards she ran back to tell the town about Jesus! The Scriptures read: “The people came out of the town and made their way to Him.” Then they proclaimed: “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!”
God’s Spirit drew that woman to Jesus in the first place because He had a divine plan to save the town. His presence transformed her life! And when those who knew her before saw this evident change, they too were drawn the the well! A nobody to the world was a significant somebody to the Lord!
Honestly, I relate to this “woman at the well” and have seen a similar story play out in my own life. A shady past does not define us, though. Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon in Song of Solomon, so in Him one could say that God now sees us through “Rose”-colored glasses! What a wonderful exchange!
“Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.”
“Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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