Better Than What the Well Offered

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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Do you ever get so busy that you ignore other people? In too big of a hurry to sense their need. So tied up in your own thoughts that you miss the obvious. 

I do.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy accounts of Jesus meeting people one-on-one and saying something pertinent to them. Noticing them.

One example is the hot, dry day he stopped to rest on his trip north from Judea. He stopped at the well of Sychar in Samaria, which was unusual, because most Jews went out of their way to skirt around Samaria.

Except Jesus.

When a woman showed up to draw water from the well, Jesus asked her for a drink. Seems logical, but it wasn’t. 

Men in that society didn’t speak to women in public, especially Jewish men to Samaritan women who should have come to the well in the morning with other women.

Except Jesus.

That day, the woman may have thought a stranger in the area – a Jew no less – would simply ignore her.

But Jesus knew exactly why she came to the well in the middle of the day, and He offered her what she really needed.

He wasn’t in too big of a hurry to talk with her. He didn’t ignore her.

He wasn’t like me in the checkout line at the market, avoiding the eyes of others because I’m in a hurry or bothered about something that needs my uninterrupted thought processes.

He wasn’t like me when I squeeze into an airline seat and stare out the window hoping no one talks to me so I can zone out during the flight.

No, He wasn’t like me at all. He spoke to her, told her He knew she was living with man number six, but showed no offense or judgement. He gave her a metaphorical version of an eternal truth about Living Water—better than what the well offered—and told her where to find it.

But Jesus is also telling me something here. He’s showing me how to meet people where they live. In the middle of their need. Maybe in my checkout line at the market, or the seat next to me on a plane.

Jesus didn’t always do what was expected. Imagine that.

So now the choice is mine. In the weeks ahead, will I make the most of what could be God-ordained opportunities to show a little interest in someone else’s life? Or will I draw into myself, ignore the situation, and let the other person go away thirsty?

Read the whole account of the woman at the well in John 4:1-42


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2 thoughts on “Better Than What the Well Offered

  1. Elaine

    This is so good. I love the story of the woman at the well, and I think it is interesting that it says Jesus NEEDED to go through Samaria when most Jews avoided it. I pray for divine appointments in my life.
    Thank you for your encouraging words.

    1. davalynn

      What an excellent point, Elaine. He needed to. Wonderful. Thank you for reading.


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