I never thought I’d be that woman. The one dehydrated and hooked to an IV, EKG, blood pressure machine, and God only knows what else all those wires were.
My family would be the first to tell you that I’m a health nut when it comes to the foods I eat but they could also tell you that they have spoken these three words to me often, “Drink more water!”
It was just a few days of being active in the sun to deplete me.
My husband and I took a break from our snow-covered state and entered a warmer climate and I was ecstatic about shedding the parka’s and boots for tennis shoes and shorts.
Coffee in the morning, a sip of water (here and there), coffee in the afternoon, a sip of water (here and there) and wine with dinner didn’t add up to enough liquid to sustain me through the hikes and all of our outdoor activities in a warmer climate.
By the way, the nurse informed me that neither coffee nor wine counts! They are diuretics.
So there I sat for half a day in the emergency room while the doctor on staff ordered tests to determine why I collapsed that morning.
Long story short, they hooked up a bag of fluids and pumped it through me.
I was back…ready to put my hiking shoes on and go…
I’ve gulped down water like crazy everyday since and I’m feeling great. Infusing the water with citrus helps too.
I was a woman in need of water. I was thirsty and didn’t even know it.
She was trying to fill the empty places in her life with temporary solutions but the solutions weren’t quenching her deepest soul-thirst.
When the women in town went to collect water from the well in the morning, she stayed back. Maybe they didn’t want to associate with her and she knew it.
Most likely an outcast and shunned by the people in her town, she waited until noon (the hottest part of the day) knowing others wouldn’t be around to fill their jars in the heat. That way she could avoid their glaring stares.
She was, most likely, ashamed but didn’t know how to solve her problem.
But Jesus knew and He cared. So one day at noon He met her at the well.
Jewish people would steer clear of Samaria and take the long way around to get to their destinations. The Samaritans were not full-blooded Jewish. They were a mixed race and considered unclean by the Jews but Jesus thought differently.
On His way to Galilee, Jesus went through Samaria and stopped at the well to rest.
He waited for the Samaritan woman and asked her for a drink. What a surprise that was. First of all she was a woman. Men didn’t talk to women in public. Secondly she was a Samaritan (considered a half-breed and despised by the Jews) and Jesus was asking her for a drink of water? That was unheard of!
But Jesus always surprised people and went to places others refused to go and spoke to people whom others wouldn’t think of talking to.
Jesus reached out to her and ultimately offered her a drink from His Spiritual well–the well that never runs dry and even bubbles up to eternal life.
Jesus set up that divine appointment. He knew she was coming and made sure He was there right on time. Jesus never misses an appointment.
He confronted the woman with her lifestyle by simply saying, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I don’t have a husband,” she replied.
Jesus tells her that she is right and goes on to reveal the truth about her life.
She was a woman who had 5 husbands and the man she was living with then wasn’t her husband and Jesus offered her the solution to escape her circumstances. The solution was Him. He offered her His Living Water so she would never be Spiritually thirsty again.
The thing is we don’t really know why she had five husbands or why she was living the way she was. It could have been by choice. Maybe there was abuse in her past and she didn’t know what a healthy relationship was. It could have been that she was left by her first husband and then tossed from man to man. Women were completely dependent on men to care for them, in those days, or they wouldn’t survive. Maybe she held out hope that someday the right man would meet her deepest needs and solve her loneliness.
We don’t know the back story, but what we do know is that Jesus cared enough to go to Samaria to meet her and offer her true love and hope and the best part of the story is that she accepted it.
She not only accepted it but she left her earthly jar behind and ran into town with her Spiritual Living Water splashing joy on others and many believed because of her testimony.
It’s truly amazing and the story reveals the depth of Jesus’ love for everyone and His willingness to go out of His way to find one lost soul.
We can’t fill our lives with temporal things and think that it will satisfy our Spiritual thirst. There’s no person, place or thing that can take the place of God. As much as we try, our divine thirst cannot be quenched by anything but Living Water. That Living Water is the Holy Spirit.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit… John 7: 37-39
I need water to survive physically and if I’m not hydrated my body lets me know. Ignoring my physical thirst or thinking something else (like coffee or wine) will satisfy my thirst can result in a medical emergency.
But just as important, I need to quench my Spiritual thirst daily too. If I don’t drink deeply from the well that never runs dry and ignore my need for the Living Water of Jesus, I will collapse Spiritually.
I’m staying hydrated physically now but my recent trip to the hospital reminds me that my Spiritual thirst is just as important and I need to have Spiritual Living Water running through me daily too.
And like the Samaritan woman I hope I will always be just as excited to lay down my earthly jars and run and tell others about the Living Water of Jesus that Spiritually hydrates me.
If you click this link: John 4: 1-42 you can read the amazing story of the woman at the well and Jesus’ encounter with her.