It has been a while since I have posted a “Who Was She?” For a few weeks, as I have been reading through the book of Yahuchanon (John) the woman at the well has stuck out in my mind. I started to think about this unique life changing encounter and now am ready share. This encounter is found in Yahuchanon (John) 4:4-30.
YAHUSHA had an appointment-He needed to go through Shomeron (Samaria). He knew she would be there. There was something He needed to do and He didn’t need others around, so He sent them on an errand. This was to be a personal encounter.
As it was with most women at the time, it was her daily practice to go to this place. A place to get the water needed to complete her tasks of the day.
Sure enough here she came. The woman-getting her daily need of water. But it is still not enough. She doesn’t tell anyone what she needs is more than this water. Inside she is thirsting for more and she looks for what she needs in other ways, only to keep looking, never finding what she needed.
But today was different. Little did she know today her life would change.
Sitting at the well is a man. This man didn’t seem to pose a threat, in fact He seemed ordinary.
Then He asks her a question. She responses with more questions. I think they were excuses.
Water is not really what He is really talking about though. He knew all along what her need really was and He knew the answer.
YAHUSHA spoke directly to her heart. She had a heart that wanted to worship but seemed to be hindered by rules, location, and social status.
His words pierced her heart – freeing her and telling her that worship is a matter of the heart.
Then He speaks to the problem of her heart. He knows the longing she has had. The emptiness she has tried to fill. He speaks to the hurts of her heart. He speaks to her shame…
And yet, He doesn’t judge her.
She knew this was no ordinary man. This Man was different. How could anyone know her true heart. Throughout her life she was judged for her bloodline and her mistakes, but here in the presence of One who could judge her, He pointed her to eternal life.
Her direction in life now changed, she ran to tell others. Free of the guilt and shame. Her hope restored. She spoke boldly proclaiming …there is a Man at the well who changed my life.
The people knew her. They knew all about her. They might have even been the ones who judged her. They may have seen her struggle in life. They may have been the ones who looked down on her because of her lineage. However this woman who may have normally been quiet, trying hard not to be noticed-ran down the streets boldly proclaiming “Come see a Man…”
The change in her, quickened their hearts. Could He do something for them? They just had to see. So they did. And they were changed too.
As I have reflected on the Shomerniy woman at the well for several weeks, I have pondered many things:
What ordinary moment in my life, will be changed to extraordinary?
Am I too busy to see the moment of change in my life?
What excuses am I making when a deep need is on the verge of being met?
Am I allowing some things or the opinions of others to hold me back from receiving what YAHUAH has for me (bloodline, job/career, location, knowledge, pride)?
What are the hidden issues of my heart? What am I truly searching for throughout my day? What hurts of my heart are waiting for a healing word from YAHUAH?
When I have been healed, will I share my freedom by telling others or do I return to my own dwelling and keep things to myself?
How many young ladies and young wives need to hear about the One who can give eternal life, without cost, incurring debt, shame, or strings attached, by hearing my testimony?
I pray that YAHUAH will help me be more aware of these things everyday.