“Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” John 4:27-30, NKJV
I love this story of the woman at the well. There is something about the way that Jesus interacts with her that I like.
There are a few ways you can go with this story. You can take the route that talks about how Jesus was uncommon and spoke to people that were out of His "social class." Or you could take the route that shows the evangelical side of Jesus. I want to take a different approach altogether.
Jesus is sitting there at the well with a woman who was drawing water. He asks this woman for a drink, but the woman begins to ask Jesus why he is talking to her. Instead of Jesus answering that question, He goes on to tell her about an everlasting water that would quench her thirst. He even goes on to tell her that this water will bring everlasting life.
What I love is that this conversation leads to her asking how to receive this everlasting water. It takes a turn down the road of marriage fidelity, and then eventually worship. After that, Jesus leads the conversation back to himself, showing her that He truly is the source of life.
After hearing these things, she got so excited and she left her water jar at the well to go and share the news with those back in her village. To make a long story short, her whole village comes to know Jesus.
My favorite part is that she left her water jar at the well, in exchange for a fresh everlasting water. I think this is a lot like our lives. Jesus truly is our source, He is our strength, and our potential is rooted in Him. But often times we continue to "draw water" with our own strength and our own potential, while the whole time we have the source already with us.
There is something subtle, but at the same time beautiful about the fact that she leaves her jar at the well. It's like she is telling herself, "I'm done trying to draw my own strength...I'm done striving and always coming up wanting more...I'm done feeling like there is a cap on my potential and my ability, I’m tired of it..."
I'm sure we can all relate to how that feels. I think it's time for us to leave our jars at the well. It's time to let go of our own efforts and our own abilities. It's time to rest our potential in Him and Him alone. He will bring us to places we never could quite reach.
Isaiah 40:31 reads, "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." We can hope in Him by putting our trust in Him, and leaving our jar at the well. Everlasting water creates freshness in our souls and in our hearts, and keeps us pushing forward. It's time to come to the source and receive a drink. You will be surprised where it leads you.
Say It: "Father, I come to You right now and receive Your strength. I choose to leave my own jar at the well. I choose to stop striving in my own strength for the next thing in my life. I choose to let go of my own potential in and of myself, and I choose to fully grab onto the potential You have for my life. Let me taste this everlasting water, and fill me with Your strength. I love You so much. In Jesus' Name. Amen."