Jesus was sitting at the dust-coated well with a hurting woman.
She was there to get water, but that wasn’t why He was there.
He made a special trip; went out of the way, and sat down at that well
to offer her a hope that could fill her parched soul.
She had five husbands and was living with a man that wasn’t one of them.
Underneath those facts is a woman who is empty.
She has been let down. She has been given false hope.
She has listened to broken promises, repeatedly.
She gives in and drinks the unquenchable relief of feeling wanted by another man.
And here Jesus sits with her and delicately declares,
…Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
but whoever drinks the water that I will give him
shall never thirst;
She doesn’t have to run after empty pursuits to quench her hurting soul.
She simply needs to be filled with the refreshing Savior who knows
the deepest aches of her soul and longs to fill them.
I don’t know what your empty pursuits may be,
but we all have them at one time or another.
I, like the woman at the well, ran after love and affections
to fill the longing in my hurting soul.
And when those left me empty, I found it in addictions and success and
on and on the empty pursuits continued.
For some the void is filled with:
The truth is when the busyness calms down, the relationships end,
the children go to bed, the high wears off, the phone is put down,
the friends move on – we are left empty and wanting.
Like the woman at the well, we feel thirsty for something more.
We have a savior that understands the deepest scars and disappointments of our soul.
Oh, hurting sister, you were never meant to fill those – He was.
Let your parched soul be refreshed by the love of our Savior.
He offers the living water, but you must decide to run after it.