Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I wonder what she was going to use the water for? Was she going that day to draw the water to feed the cattle? Was she going to wash the clothes? Was she going to use it for cooking? Maybe she was just thirsty. There are so many possibilities for what she was doing that day but most likely it was part of her daily chores. She woke up that morning like most of us women do, with a to do list already running through our mind. It was early afternoon by the time she got to the well. Her chores would have been well underway by that time of day and she might have even spent the walk there thinking about what she would do with the afternoon.
“Would you get me a drink?” He probably startled her because he was not supposed to speak to her. He was a jew and she a Samaritan and for that reason alone they were not supposed to speak. I wonder if she took a minute to decide if she should just ignore him and go on her way, iIf she should continue her business and not cause trouble, follow the social constructs, do the right thing. Maybe it was curiosity that got the best of her or maybe she wasn’t a fan of following the rules. Whatever it was, she chose to remind him of the social laws but his response was not what she expected.
“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.” Did she take a step back? Did she wonder if she should have just walked away from this man who made no sense because she replies with, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.” I wonder if that’s when she looked in his eyes and saw something. I wonder if she felt something. Whatever it was she seemingly changes her attitude and says, “Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
As their conversation continues she tells him that she knows the Messiah is coming but Jesus responds with, “I, the one speaking to you, I am he.”
She didn’t just forget her afternoon plans, she forgot about the water jar as she headed back to tell the people that she had found the Messiah! He was here. He spoke to her, he told her all she had ever done and he still spoke to her. Her life forever changed in that moment.
Did you ever pray for that moment? The moment of clarity when you know, you really know, that God has a plan for you. The moment that would make you forget everything you were doing because you were absolutely certain that this is more important. You can have that. You can have that realization, awakening, the truth ringing to your very core that there is a living water and He wants to speak to you. But you have to be willing to ignore the social constructs, the rules, the plans you have for yourself and let Jesus in.
Worship Him! He calls us to worship! Read the bible, pray, sing the praises because He is calling us to do those things so that He can change our lives. So that He can give us those moments that make us forget what we are doing and run to the people and tell them that we have found the Messiah! The MESSIAH!!! So that they may believe not only because of what you said but they may believe because they can experience it too. Let us come boldly!
Women of this world do not miss your opportunity to come to that well and receive the living water! Come boldly to the throne so that you may find mercy and grace to help in your time of need.