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Mondays are Papa’s day. Jaydon, our grandson, now crawls about the house. At eight months, his mind is a sponge absorbing whatever it can. In his quest for knowledge, nothing is safe. A table lamp, magazines in the rack, electrical cords, door stop springs–to Jaydon, the explorer, the world is his playground.

Each of us shares this quest for new experience. The world is our playground. Our thirst drives us on. The blockbuster movie, the latest phone, a new car–we reach for whatever we can to satisfy.

The Samaritan woman was no different–her thirst drove her to new love. She searched for Mr. Right, but in her wake was a string of broken relationships…and her own broken heart. As women would come to the community well for the latest gossip, she was the favorite topic of conversation.

But Jesus saw something in her that no one else saw: the thirst that drove her. Her daily trek for water paralleled a much deeper need.

“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.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” (John 4.13-18)

In a moment her life was completely unmasked. He put his finger on her shame and brokenness, yet he did so with the bedside manner of a prince. Here was a man who completely understood her, who did not judge her, and who wanted nothing from her except a drink of water.

Who was this guy? Our satisfaction.

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