Read stories from listeners of TWR Women of Hope.
Apr27FriApril 27, 2018 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
John 4:7-15 (ESV)
The story in John 4 about the Samaritan woman is one that many people are familiar with. Remember the story of the woman who went to the well during the heat of the day to draw water and met Jesus there? There’s much to glean from this story.
Each believer has high and low moments in their faith walk. Sometimes we can see these moments coming and can prepare for them, but a lot of the time they come out of nowhere and blindside us. The woman at the well that day was doing what she always did. She didn’t head out to the well knowing she would meet the Saviour.
She was at the well in the heat of the day to avoid the other women who drew water in the cooler morning temperatures. Jesus tells us that she’d had five husbands, and the man she was with currently wasn’t her husband. Can you picture the other women who perhaps gossiped, pointed, nudged one another, leaned in to whisper when she was near? She was wandering in a desert of sorts – alone, trying to satisfy her thirst but not finding what she so desperately longed for.
Have you experienced a similar wandering in a desert? This may be a time characterized by isolation or solitary living, being overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed, anxious, in pain (physical or emotional) and full of doubt. It’s hard, uncomfortable and lonely. We look for relief wherever we can find it, and sometimes those coping mechanisms aren’t very healthy for us or our families.
The woman at the well needed water, but she didn’t want to endure the pointed stares and gossip of the other women judging her. Have you avoided people or places where you’ve felt looked down on, like you didn’t belong or weren’t accepted? Jesus is at that well waiting for you.
Have you sought out something to soothe the hurt or numb the pain? Jesus is there offering living water that will nourish your soul so you’re never thirsty again.
Whatever you’re hiding, whatever your well looks like, Jesus is already there waiting for you. He’s there with compassion, honesty, and he holds out the offer of something better. He already knows the pain you’re trying to soothe or numb. He sees your heart and motivations; he sees your value and the contributions you could make for his Kingdom, even if you can’t.
So, will you continue to return to the well alone, day after day, hoping something will change one day so you don’t have to go back? Or will you take Jesus’ offer of living water and leave the spiritual desert for something better … something that isn’t dependent on your circumstances, your social standing or your own strength?
The women in southern Africa who we are praying for this month also know about spiritual deserts. They experience hardship on a daily basis. They may be living in a literal desert, struggling to find enough food and water for their families. They may be in an emotional desert, struggling with a broken family, a husband who left, or feeling unwanted and alone. There are lonely, desperate days for them. Yet, through TWR Women of Hope, God has shown many that he alone is their true source of living water, that he alone is their source of hope and joy, even in the midst of difficult times. Let’s pray with earnest that women will find all they need in a relationship with Jesus Christ.