Each day of the San Diego Mission Trip there was scheduled quiet time with God. Some days I used that time to pray and listen to worship music, but on most days I would reflect and journal about whatever was on my mind. This post is a reflection from a daily devotional that was shared with us by one of our ministry leaders, Nicole.
Nicole talked to us about the encounter Jesus had with the Samaritan woman in John 4. She briefly went through the story and pulled a few key things out of it.
John 4:10 NLT
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
After reading John 4:10, Nicole talked about how encouraging is it to know that there is a unique and very special future that has been carefully planned for you and I. Jesus was explaining to the Samaritan woman how wonderful of a gift God had for her and that all she had to do in order to receive it, was to ask Him.
John 4:13 NLT
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.
In this verse, Jesus explains to the woman that anyone who drinks from the water she is drinking from will become thirsty again, but anyone who drinks from the water He offers will never be thirsty again because it is a fresh, consistent spring that gives eternal life.
John 4:16-18 NLT
16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her
17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said “You’re right! you don’t have a husband-
18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
Jesus tells the woman to get her husband because HE wants to make the point that the well of sexual impurity she is pulling from is never going to satisfy her. So the next time she becomes thirsty (and best believe she will!), she knows which well to get everlasting water from.. Jesus’ well.
John 4:28 NLT
28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone
Later, in verse 28, the woman leaves her water jar to go back into town and evangelize. This water jar is so symbolic because it represents all that she knows she doesn’t need to rely on any longer.
After mentioning and dissecting these verses from John 4, Nicole’s question to us was “What well are you pulling water from?“- A very convicting question.
Like the Samaritan woman, I too am pulling from wells that temporarily fill voids of inadequacy and loneliness. I find myself seeking value from people that have no clue what I’m really worth. I find myself pulling water from wells of getting drunk, being selfish and basing my life on the approval of others.
Today I recognize that I directly relate to the Samaritan woman, and I too need to leave a few water jars behind because I won’t need them where I’m going. The well Jesus has offered requires no pulling or strainious works. It simply requires my faith and willingness to surrender my life for His will.
So how about you? What well are you pulling water from?