Everyone has a story to tell. When we make the connection between our story and God's great story, we come away with HIStory, which involves each and every one of us.
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” -John 4:15
On this incredibly special day right at noon, The Samaritan woman’s daily routine of filling her jar with a day’s worth of water, was totally interrupted. Like you and me, she had her list of “to do’s” and I quite doubt she had factored in time to chat with a stranger - much less to receive a lesson on water. She knew it was necessary to her survival and that is why she visited this well to collect the very needed jar of water.
This woman saw a parched and tired Jesus that afternoon. She stopped and listened to Him when He asked her “Please give me a drink.” (verse 7b) She was stunned that He would talk to her. Even more stunned that He would ask her for a drink. She was a non-Jew, non-male, Samaritan Woman. Not someone He should have been talking to by Jewish standards. But Jesus always sees and speaks to the unseen and the unheard - to those no one else makes time for.
On this special day, a woman received the greatest gift she could have ever imagined. The disciples that had been on this journey with Jesus, were not there at this moment as they had gone into the village to get food. So Jesus made a moment to speak with this woman. And this woman made a moment to speak with this Jesus. Through a series of reciprocal questions, she learns that this man before her is THE Jesus. THE Messiah. THE One this earth had been waiting for. And even after the truth of her 5 past husbands surfaces, she realizes Jesus knows and still chooses to talk to a non-Jew, non-male, Samaritan Woman, with 5 ex-husbands. It’s astonishing during an era where society likely shunned her because of it.
When we envision this story we see Jesus walking, tired and parched. He sits at the well and begins an amazing conversation with this woman. He wants to offer her so much more than the water she is there to collect. He wants to offer her His living water. “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life,” He explains to her. The woman could have very well answered “I’m sorry but I need to get back quickly. I can not speak with you,” and then walked away. She could have ignored him altogether. But she allowed herself this interruption - she was intrigued. He did the unimaginable so it allowed her to do the unthinkable. She answered Him.
Had she not allowed this mysterious and abrupt interruption that day, she would have missed Jesus altogether. Had she not allowed this precious and life-giving interruption that day, she would have missed His gift. She would have never asked for this, “give me this water!”
I wonder what life would be like if I allowed myself to be interrupted to chat with a total stranger. It’s hard to fathom because there are days I barely have time to eat and drink let alone, time for chatting with a stranger. But how would my life be transformed if I allowed for interruptions in my life, particularly this Advent season? How might someone's life be transformed when I allow a moment of interruption? I might respond like The Samaritan woman: “The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone…” Oh the beauty that would ensue if I made a moment to leave what I am doing to run and tell others!
So my dear reader, allow interruptions to slow you down. Make a moment for Jesus. Receive and give the gift of Living Water this season and every season.
Damaris U. Avila lives with her loving husband and their two inquisitive and sweet girls. Through personal storytelling, she invites women to share and see themselves in God's story. She leads young girls through BeYOUtiful Girl Time, a sisterhood where girls are encouraged to become the women God designed them to be.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."