A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 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.) 10 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.” 11 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? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 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
Coming out to the well to draw water in the middle of a hot day wasn’t anyone’s favorite task, but it was essential for the Samaritan woman. Today, just like any normal day, this Samaritan woman walked out of her house with her water buckets. As she reached the well, a voice came to her, –“Give me a drink”. It was the intervening of the Son of God in the middle of her dull daily routine with an invitation for her to receive the living water. A life changing moment for the woman by the well is about to start with her allowing the Son of God to sit a little while with her.
Like the woman having to return to the water well to quench her thirst, we also have our daily obligations to fulfill and work to do in order to support our family and our living. But have we allowed a moment to sit with the Son of God who has been waiting by the well? “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again” (v13) Our daily tasks may help to bring food on our table, but it can’t provide full satisfaction to our heart and soul. In fact, our daily obligations may also drain our strength and energy. And where can we go to replenish and renew our strength? “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.” (v14) This invitation was offered to the Samaritan woman, and it was also sent out to everyone – “whoever drinks of the water that I will give”. Our Lord is the living water, and He is also the spring of the living water. He is the source that never runs dry nor runs out. He has come a long way for you, and He’s waiting by your side every day, every minute. So take a moment, every day, allow him to sit awhile with you, and drink from Him the living water.
Dear Lord, You are the Living Water. You are my power source. Without you, I can do nothing. Thank You for coming a long way for me, and always waiting there for me. I’m sorry that some times I had to make you wait, as if my responsibilities are more important than You. But help me to remember that You are the Spring of the Living Water. You are my strength. Remind me to come to you every day, to sit awhile with You, and to drink from you the living water.
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