In John Chapter 4, we encounter the woman at the well. Her reputation as a prostitute and her history of five marriages followed by an unconventional living arrangement had left her isolated and ostracized. She drew water at noon, under the unforgiving sun, to avoid the judgment and scorn of others. This woman lived in a culture where only men had the power to marry and divorce. So, was she truly a prostitute, or did she bear the weight of rejection and abandonment? It’s a perspective-altering question, isn’t it?
This woman likely had a wounded heart that made her unwilling to risk further hurt by connecting with others at the well. The fear of being exposed and the burden of guilt, shame, and rejection kept her isolated.
Yet, Jesus, in His divine love, sought connection with her. He had a divine encounter planned for a woman in desperate need of love. As we read in John 4:4, Jesus “needed to go through Samaria.” There was a powerful draw in His spirit, a deep yearning to connect with her.
So, Jesus sat by the well and initiated a conversation with the woman. He asked intentional questions that exposed her need and invited her to connect with Him in that need. Initially, she declared her lack of value, making it clear she felt unworthy of connection. But Jesus, in His persistent love, persisted, unveiling her deepest need: her thirst. He revealed that only He could satisfy this thirst, emphasizing, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.”
Jesus pressed on, exposing not just her physical thirst but also her emotional thirst by bringing up her husband. This may seem harsh, but it was an act of love. His desire to connect with her pushed Him to invite her to be vulnerable. Her deepest need was also her deepest wound, and Jesus knew that true connection required vulnerability.
Like the woman at the well, we often avoid exposing our wounds and weak spots. We go to great lengths to shield our hurts from the world, fearing judgment and rejection. But God is relentless in His pursuit of His people. He stops at nothing to connect with us, continually inviting us to “come into the light.”
Challenge Question 1:
Just as Jesus sought connection with the woman at the well, He seeks connection with you today. Embrace vulnerability, for it is the path to profound connection with the One who loves you unconditionally.
To learn more on this topic:
Read: Enforcing You: Activating Your Kingdom Identity In Christ: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/enforcing-you/
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