The words came as a shock to her, "give Me a drink of water"; for this wasn't someone that would typically speak to her. She was a woman, and a Samaritan for that matter. And Him? Well, He was a Jew.
And yet, in those words, "give Me a drink of water", a message was spoken; one much deeper than just water. It was a message of acceptance, an invitation to enter into a relationship, to be known. It was a message of hope.
And Jesus knew that she needed hope. He knew that she needed living water.
"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
She, still holding onto her waterpot, onto her desire for physical water, didn't understand.
". . .where then do You get that living water?"
He, still holding the answer to living water, to this eternal life, pursues her more. Further still he goes, explaining that she will no longer thirst again.
And yet, she still doesn't realize what He is offering her. Her focus remains on her waterpot, and the physical water for which she has come. Sometimes I find myself standing, waterpot in hand, looking, searching for something physical to quench my spiritual thirst.
"Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty, nor come all the way here to draw."
Further still He goes, pursuing her to the depths of her soul; a soul that He knows is thirsty for more than just physical water. He doesn't shy away from her pain, but brings it to light, to the Light. It's as if He says, "I know you, every part of you and your life. I know your pain, the depths of your scars, and I am here to bring you healing."
He meets her right there in her aloneness. Aloneness; sometimes it's the only place I see the pursuing of Jesus for my soul.
". . . for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly."
And at this, she realizes that this man she is speaking to is different, but how? Is He just a prophet that knows some things of God?
Another question asked and further He goes to get her to see.
Closer she gets.
"I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."
And then she hears the words that He was saying all along; "I who speak to you am He."
Finally, for the first time, she sees. And then for the first time her focus changes. Her longing for physical water is overshadowed by her need for living water.
"So the woman left her waterpot,. . ."
Alone, we stand with our waterpot in hand, reaching for something to quench our need, not realizing what we truly need. And often times, it's in this aloneness, that we meet the passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ, who comes with a message of hope, a message of living water. May we leave our waterpot.