Do you know anyone with a story or a past?
Keep your head down. No eye contact. Stick to the path in the shadows. And when you reach the well, find a spot away from the other women, fill the bucket and get out of there.
What a story. What a history, not to mention her…reputation. The people in town knew this woman. They steered clear of her at the market. Her past arrived before she did. Everyone knew what she was.
Don’t forget her current man didn’t even know her name.
This woman figured she was lucky to have a bed at all, after five husbands and who knows what else. She knew her role in the relationship. Still, she was lonely.
On this particular day, her trip to the well to draw water was routine, or so she thought. She knew how to get through it.
Get the job done. Pretend you are invisible (because that’s how they view you, anyway). And get back to the house.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink”— John 4.7
We could discuss the cultural taboos surrounding this meeting at the well.
- He was a Jew; she a Samaritan.
- He was a man; she a woman.
- He was that prophet and she was…well, you know.
Jews and Samaritans simply did not mix in the culture of that day. It was not done.
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” – John 4.9
Apparently, Jesus did not get the memo on appropriate behavior of the day. More likely, He chose to see her and, thus, ignored expectations and appropriateness.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” – John 4.10
Jesus then proceeded to share what He knew about her.
He knew how many times she’d been married. He knew the man she was with at the time was not her husband. More importantly, Jesus knew her.
He saw her. To Him, she was anything but invisible.
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People are dying of loneliness. They’re going through the motions of what their life has become. Head down. no eye contact. They feel invisible – maybe completely lost.
And what about us? What about you and me. Each of us has a story. He has rescued us from something. I’m so grateful for His rescue in my life. I’m so thankful He saw me.
Lord, let us “see” them. As they pass by, let us make eye contact because they are too embarrassed or ashamed to do so. May we share a smile or kind word. And, Father, be the living water they need in their life. We are Your hands and feet. You allow us to have a part in your plan. You have even called us to do so.