At the sixth hour (about noon), she walks to the well to draw water…… alone. What an odd hour to be drawing water. After all, it is customary to draw water from the well in the morning or the evening when the sun is not scorching hot. But…, she goes to the water well at noon, alone, and expecting no one to be there.
However, this particular day was different. From a distance she can see a figure of a man sitting at the well. Caught off guard, she hesitates and thinks to herself whether she should go back and come to the well the next day. But, she knows that her household needs water. She takes a deep breath, musters up the courage and trudges along to the well.
She thinks to herself……just draw your water quietly, quickly. No eye contact. No conversation. From the looks of it, the man looks Jewish and Jewish men despise Sarmatians. To add on to this, she was a woman so this should be easy because he will despise her and would not want to talk to her.
Why this man was at Jacob’s well baffled her as Jews tend to avoid passing through Samaria.
With her resolve in place she arrives at the well. Quietly, yet determine to maintain her resolve, she begins to draw her water. Then something unexpected happened, the man, … this Jewish man, asked her for a drink (Jn 4:7).
This sparked a conversation that would change her life forever (Jn 4:4-26).
That is what happens when we encounter Jesus. The woman went to the well empty just like her jar of water, but she came back overfilled. Not only was her jar of water filled, but more importantly her spirit was filled. She went expecting to draw water to physically sustain herself, but Jesus was waiting there to give her water of another kind. The water of eternal life – the only water that could quench the parchedness of her life.
Overwhelmed by the grace and the message that Christ shared with her, the woman ran back to town to bring the people to see Christ (Jn 4:28-29). As a result, centuries old barriers were demolished as the Samaritans believed in Jesus Christ (Jn 4:39)!
Get this, the beauty of her action is that she FORGOT her shame and ran back into town to share the gospel with the very people that shunned her! That’s the work of grace.
It’s amazing how one conversation rooted in God’s spirit and truth could change the trajectory of a person’s life. Catapulting that person into living a spirit filled life which brings others to Christ.
May we be like Jesus at the well, waiting, willing, ready to share the gospel of grace with ANYONE regardless of who they are (1 Peter 3:15).
May we be like the woman at the well who listened to Jesus, believed, and with such fiery conviction told everyone she met about Christ.
May we also be like the woman at the well to forget our shame and live in the liberty and victory that Christ has given us (Gal 5:1).
No turning back! No turning back!