“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life”
‘The God who sees me’ is also the God who sees all about me.
Jesus was waiting for the Samaritan woman at the well outside of the town. Being a town it would have had a well within its boundaries where the women would have gathered to fetch their water and to chat. Given the life that the Samaritan woman had led it is probable that she had been excluded from the society of the other woman, and so chose to visit this isolated well instead.
Without being told Jesus knew that here was a person with five failed marriages behind her and a current partner to whom she was not married. Here was a person empty of all that made life worth living. No female friends, no male friends who would care to be seen with her, no position of respect or acceptance, a history of rejection and exclusion and, therefore, no self-respect. She probably merely existed from day to day and with no light on her horizon other than death itself.
Jesus seeing all this not only astounds her, as a Jew, by talking to her but holds out to her the unbelievable offer of a new life filled with the living water of the Holy Spirit – God Himself. She had done nothing to warrant it and had nothing to offer Him except her dark and lonely emptiness. Yet not only did He change her life but “many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony.” They would go on to tell her that “we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”
In just a few moments her life was transformed. There would still be issues that she had to work through and resolve but suddenly a new Light had entered into her. And she, together with the townsfolk, had something new and precious in which they shared and which could change their relationships.
Such is the wonder, the glory and the truth of the grace of God – His life-giving love and saving power in action, freely reaching out to embrace us.
Ask the Lord into the areas of darkness and emptiness in your own life – and trust Him to respond.
Lord God, please come into these areas of darkness, emptiness and pain in my life – and pour out upon them Your life-giving, life-restoring and life-healing waters of the Holy Spirit. Amen.