Every day was as before. She walked the path from her village to the community well. She came at noon, while the other women in her village were busy serving lunch. She wanted to avoid them.
As she came to her familiar spot, she saw a man sitting–a Jew. What was he doing here? Usually Jews avoided her village like she avoided the women. Jews and Samaritans simply didn’t get along. She would quickly get her water and return home. Maybe she wouldn’t even have to speak to him. But then the silence broke…
“Give me a drink,” the man said.
“How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink?” she replied, echoing generations of racial prejudice.
“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.”
She tried to size up the man. He certainly wasn’t your typical Jew. Normally a Jewish man wouldn’t even speak to her. What did he want? Did he take her for a fool? Was this yet another dig against her people?
She chuckled, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us this well?”
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but 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,” he answered. (John 4.1-14)
She was intrigued…
Do we recognize the gift of God that is before us? Do we truly know the One who offers living water? Have we drunk today of this water of life that completely satisfies? Are we experiencing springs of this water welling up inside us to eternal life?
Jesus offers us so much. Will we believe and receive?
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