A thirsty woman
Thirsty for so much more than what this world can offer her.
She goes to collect water at an hour when she knows she won’t run into anyone.
She has a reason to avoid people.
She has been rejected.
It was a time when women were property. On top of that, her samaritan ethnicity made her even less valued.
She felt most comfortable, alone.
But HE was there. (Jesus)
As she collected her water this Jewish man spoke to her, asking for a drink of water. Here He is breaking all the cultural and religious norms.
She was shocked.
Maybe He didn’t realize the boundaries He was breaking. So she said to Him, “why would a Jewish man ask a Samaritan woman for a drink?”
He said, “If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you, you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give you living water.”
She‘s puzzled. She tries to reason with Him not realizing He wasn’t speaking literally.
He reveals to her that He knows her. He tells her she has had 5 husbands and the man she’s living with now isn’t her husband.
She realizes He is no ordinary man.
He reveals that from now on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with a right heart.
For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who adore him.
Confused she refers to a time when it will all be explained by the messiah who is coming.
He reveals Himself to her, “I am He. You don’t need to wait any longer.”
The one she’s been thirsty for, is here.
This is love.
She drops everything and without a second thought of what people might think, she rushes to tell everyone to come meet the man who they’ve been waiting for.
She’s compelled by encountering His love to reach others in need of that same love.
This is love.
~ Amanda Santistevan