Imagine you are the woman at the well. You travel a short distance to go to the well at an hour that you know no one will be there. You feel lonely and ashamed. There are things hidden in your heart that are unwanted guests. You feel unvalued, unloved, ugly, broken, alone, ashamed, guilty, humiliated, and hopeless. As you approach this place to draw water, the basic necessity of life, you see a man standing near the well. You’ve never seen him before. As you draw near, he ask you to fetch him some water. His tone is gentle but surprised, you ask him “you ask me for water?” Why would anyone want to associate with you? He looks at you with love in his eyes and he tells you that “everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water [he] shall give will never thirst.” (John 4:13-14). You look at him in wonder. “What is he talking about? He doesn’t even have a bucket. How will he get any water?” His words “whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst” resonates in your head. So you lift your eyes to his and ask him, “can I have this water that you speak of? I wish to never thirst.” As he casts a smile upon you, it feels as if he sees all these things that are weighing on your heart, tucked away and hidden within. You feel this warmth of love wrap you and all the feelings of your unwanted guests are lifted from your heart. “Who is this man?” You ask yourself. “He knows my heart, my past yet he looks upon me with love and compassion.” He is like no other. As you look upon him and feel the embrace of his loving eyes, you know he is not like any other man you have known.
Just then, he tells you that he is Jesus, and he loves you. He tells you that there is nothing in your past that you should be ashamed of. He tells you that you are beautiful and that if you drink from the well of his love that you will have eternal life. You will never be alone, hopeless or broken again. Your eyes begin to glisten with tears. Tears for each of the unwanted guests that you know are no longer hidden in your heart and tears for your joy knowing that you will never thirst and hunger for love, beauty, hope and joy because you have found the endless well, the love of Jesus. Peace settles as you return to the town square to proclaim the love you have just found.
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