She’s a ‘not so good’ Samaritan,
and she’s been waiting…
@ The Well.
I think I can speak on her behalf. In as much as there are things that have changed from the past, there are some things, that still have not.
“… be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17)
In a present tense, I believe she was trying to get it all right- love, family, friends, the people and the things within her world of influence that truly matter to her. But, something or someone always seems to stand in her way. She seemingly can’t get there on her own, and she wonders ‘What on Earth am I here for?’
‘Who really notices or cares, if or what “I do”, anyway? I’m just an old Samaritan woman.’
Although once and awhile, I think she could experience moments of great clarity and possible hope, to acknowledge that maybe one day, others may see her and know the truth, too.
“Would they? Could they? And if so, what would they see? Would they see the big picture or only what “lies” beneath it? Could they possibly see, me (a no good Samaritan), and consider me for who I am truly with (in place of the who and what I never really had in the first place)?”
And although discarded, considered less than, and invisible (before Him), she proved at their meeting, that she was desperately seeking… the more in Him.
15 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” (John 4:15-18)
Was she out of her mind? Who did she think she was, talking to Jesus? Didn’t she know her place? Had she no idea of the rules? How bold of her! And, what if– everybody else found out?
19 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:19-26)
How was it possible for her to speak to these things? Any woman at that time in history, was credited with nothing apart from a man (including education), nor given anything in her own name.
So what changed?
She did, when she met Jesus. (He’s truly the Best Man.) A Samaritan woman (“no less”), now a woman with a great testimony and a new reputation. There she stood- larger than her own life and passionate about proclaiming exactly Who it was that told her all that she needed to know, Who truly quenches her thirst, and how she’s to continue… in Spirit and in Truth.
Jesus was now- her one and only! ♥
She’d gone relatively unnoticed for the things that mattered most– until that day. The day that Jesus had set aside… just for her.
28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?” 30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
((And I don’t believe she was questioning whether Jesus was the Christ, she knew. I think she had the presence of His Spirit, to know that the men would doubt the truth coming from her, so He helped her phrase it in a way that the men could and would testify for themselves… this great revelation.))
39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of His word; 42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4)
I’ve been wondering more and more lately of what she did, where and how far she went, after dropping her waterpot and running to tell everyone she could- (as if to say) ‘the Lord is alive, He told me things no one else knew, He’s here now for you (and me), He is and He has… what we’ve been waiting for.’
And then there’s this, pressing me at the moment- How did she address “the one whom you now have is not your husband”? How and where did she live? Who could she tell? Would they listen to her side of the story, if she did? Would the others be able to understand, that one could be married, and yet, “not” at the same time? Were her chains really gone and was she truly set free?
I believe they were. On that day, this one woman (also a Samaritan – there really were none less) became a notorious evangelist. She was a woman before her time and for such a time. This was clearly her best role, with a set- all apart, and with Jesus. She led a multitude of men to discover Him (“this is not the Christ, is it?”), and as many women, as a result. From here on out- It was Jesus all the way.
Today, God’s word in John 4 (along with so many others) is worthy of holding onto, while waiting patiently at the well -with Jesus.
“Just say the word, Lord, and I will be well, free, and telling everyone I see “I know that Messiah!” (He who is called Christ Jesus.)
Living and loving extravagantly– with Jesus.