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Thankfulness Project: The Woman at the Well

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“You are a Jew,” said the woman. “How can You ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.” -John 4:9-10, 13

This woman was used to being rejected, dismissed, abused. First, she suffered it for being a woman in an ancient, very patriarchal society. Second, she suffered it because she was a Samaritan, treated as a lesser race than the Jews or Gentiles, like a half-breed. Not good enough for either group. Third, she was outcast by her own people for being a woman who had had five husbands, and was now living with a man who was not her husband. Even her own people looked down on her, and wouldn’t associate with her. We can infer that because of the time of day she was getting water from the well: the hottest part of the day, in the afternoon sun. All the other women would have come in the cool of the morning, at the beginning of the day, so that they would have what they needed for the day’s activities. Or they might have come the night before, when the water and the road to it were cool. But not in the hottest part of the day, like this woman was doing. And alone. Outcast. Unwanted. Rejected. Not enough. Too much. Oh, have I felt these things, been told I was these things. But Jesus…

Jesus left Judea and returned to Galilee. Now He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Since Jacob’s well was there, Jesus, weary from His journey, sat down by the well. -John 4:3-6

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Jesus departed from the disciples and waited there for her, the woman no one really wanted. He knew they wouldn’t understand. They even asked Him later what He was doing talking to a Samaritan woman. His reply to them was “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months until the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:34). Her broken, rejected, lonely heart was ripe for harvest, and He met her there, in the midst of her loneliness, rejection and her probable depression or despair as well. Jesus knew her soul thirsted for more than what this life had given her. So He told her:

“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

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Jesus told her about salvation, about living water. It’s not just a free ticket out of hell and then I go to the same life I was living before. He came to free her from EVERYTHING. From any need to seek the approval of others (her friends, men, anyone but Him). From the lies of being unwanted, undesirable, not enough, too much, repulsive, ugly, alone. In Jesus, because of the Father’s love, not one of these things are true, of her or us. From fear and loneliness, for all who have Jesus will never be alone. From despair and hopelessness because He is our hope and salvation. From returning to her old life and actions because she saw the emptiness of them and those relationships in comparison with the One who truly knows all of us, every piece, and loves and desires us anyway. She realized His love is beyond sufficient; it’s abundant. It’s bigger and louder and more satisfying than anything else this life has to offer. And how did she react when she realized this?

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Then the woman left her water jar, went back into the town, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” So they left the town and made their way toward Jesus. -John 4:29-30

She told everyone about Him, and brought others to meet Him. She was bursting with joy, hope, relief, freedom. She was fully known, and yet somehow still fully loved and chosen, when no one else wanted her, when she was a disappointment to everyone else, including herself. And it changed the way she looked at herself and life. In Jesus, she found real, limitless, abundant love, purpose, and hope, and everything life had lacked. She found the fulfillment of all her childhood hopes, and the type of love she had been searching for all her life. Just like we all can in Jesus. I’m so thankful for all the fullness of her example and that no matter how rejected we are, even if by the whole world, God would still choose us and offer His living water.

For more about this, read John 4, Is. 55:1, 58:11, Jer. 2:13, Ez. 47:9, John 7:38, Rev. 7:17.

© 2021 Amanda Lorenzo

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Naude Lorenzo on April 19, 2021:

As usual a refreshing article inspired on biblical messages, a blesing to everyone who read it, congrats Amanda

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