She thought she would be alone. Evidently shunned by her community, she shunned them right back and went on about her own business. Day by day she was alone, but she decided not to care, even though deep down inside the hurt remained.
She thought she would be alone and then she wasn’t. When she got to the well, there was a man waiting. Should she wait? Should she go ahead and get her chore done? I imagine the questions were swirling in her head but it was the middle of the day. The sun was high in the sky. And she had plenty more to do at home. Summoning up her courage, she walked on to the well.
And this conversation ensued,
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
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.)
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.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
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.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
Her Story Exposed
This is not at all how she pictured that conversation going in her head. First they were talking about water and all of a sudden the man was calling out her past just like the people in town.
Who was he? And how could he have known so much about her since they had never met? Regardless, I imagine the shame that swept across her face as her story was exposed…again.
Yet, he said it without recrimination. There were no accusations in his tone. He simply stated a fact. A fact that she couldn’t deny.
As her story progresses, Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God and the woman leaves her water jar and runs back to town. She tells everyone who would listen about her encounter with Jesus and many came to believe because of her testimony.
This nameless woman is not the only one with a story she wanted to keep hidden. We all have a story. And for some of us, we’d just as soon no one else know all the details.
But if we learn anything from the Woman at the Well, we learn that the details of her story didn’t really matter. What mattered is what Jesus can do with the story. For where there is grace and forgiveness, there is power to change.
We all have a story. The testimony today is that God is calling us all to share that story just like the woman in John 4. We have a responsibility to tell others about our encounters with Jesus and to share the less-than-desirable parts of our story. Not to be embarrassed or ashamed, but to show the glory and power of Jesus as he worked in our lives to change our story.
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