Oct 5, 2009

I don't even know her name.....

Yet I love her. Sandwiched in between John 3 and John 5, her story doesn't even take a whole chapter. I have heard her story at least five times in the past two weeks and I am not sure what it is that God is showing me..... but I know it's time for me to take notice.

There are a few things that stand out to me about the woman at the well. I wonder what it was about her that pricked Jesus's heart. Was it her disappointment that showed in her slumping shoulders when she saw that she wasn't able to fill her water jug alone? Was it the fear in her eyes as he approached her afraid that he was going to spit on her? Was her dress dirty from sin? I don't know what it was, but He knew she needed a long drink from the Well of Living Water. I love Jesus all the more when I think how he talked to her.

1. He approached her alone.... not caring about old feuds or her past.

2. He told her about himself before he lovingly made her aware of her sins.

3. He gently reminds her of her five husbands and boyfriend even though she skirts the issue.

4. He waits until SHE mentions the Messiah.....

5. Then introduces himself.

That is just like what Jesus does with us. He knocks and knocks, convicts us of our sins, waits on us to call Him by name, and sends us back into town so we can tell our story of our encounter with Christ.

The best part of the story, for me, is that there is no miracle in this passage. No dead come to life, no water into wine, no bread and fish, it's just Jesus and the woman. All she does is leave and tell people that she has seen the Messiah, and He knows everything about her.

She isn't the one to lead people to Christ, all she does is confirm what He has done for her through her witness.

Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world..

Sometimes, all Jesus asks of us is to drop what we are doing and tell our story. Don't be afraid to leave your water jar at the well and tell someone what Jesus has done for you. That might be all they need to confirm that He is their Saviour also.


Anonymous said...

thanks again... for yet another inspirational blog post...enjoyed our talk yesterday...love you

regina said...

sorry... I don't know what happened with the anonymous post...any way it's me

Anonymous said...

wow! you are truly an inspriational writer! im glad you posted this...in aug i started a study about the Frazzled Female...and i was so encouraged by the fact that the Creator of this world, the Savior of mankind, the Comforter to all WANTS me...this ensi-wensie lil speck on the tiny little world nested in a HUGE universe!! it just amazes me that God CARES so much about me...and its not just me-He treats us all the same! He DESIRES an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with each of us. Now if only i could do my part in fullfilling that desire...

"What a blessedness,
What a joy divine,
LEANING on the Everlasting Arms!!"

blessing to you
in HIM,

Jill Elaine said...

WoW! Funny, but I've heard about this woman twice in the past 2 days. Hmmm. God has something going on here! Great post, I'm gonna read that chapter for myself tonight, in all 4 translations included in my Bible. Thanks, Joni, it's always inspiring.

Anonymous said...

very inspirational - as always. very interesting as I just started 2 bible studies on John and both has brought out the woman at the well! I can't wait to look at those chapters closer!

Anonymous said...

GREAT BLOG! I always look forward to new blogs from you. God Bless!

hubbardgirl said...

jesus' wonderful subtle miracles!!!!! it amazes me each and every day just how gracious He is. He knows it ALL about me. and He wants it ALL from me.

McMaster and Storm said...

wow, i love this. thanks for sharing.
love the video.