Friday, January 05, 2007


There are those segments of Scripture in which we see ourselves so clearly as if looking into a mirror. One of the places I see myself in crystal clear high definition is John 4, in Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well.

She is thirsty, and comes to the well alone. Jesus is there, weary from his journey, and asks her for a drink. As a side note, I love this about Jesus. He initiates the conversation, and does so in a manner that invites, even requires, interaction. In the course of their conversation, He offers her living water, water that satisfies, water that will fill to overflowing even to life eternal. She does not understand, thinking only of the literal water which she must work for day after day. He confronts her sin, asking her point blank about her husband, and revealing that He knows it all anyway. He expresses to her the desire of the Father's heart for true worshipers, those who worship in spirit and in truth. In the climax of their exchange, He reveals Himself as the I Am, the Messiah. And she is changed. She leaves her water pot behind and runs to town to share the good news, testifying that "He told me everything about myself!" He has redeemed her past; it has no hold on her now. He has restored her dignity. She encountered the One True God and she is transformed. A new woman.

My favorite part is that she left the waterpot behind. She had found the Living Water, and was no longer thirsty. Her waterpot, representative of her search and her craving for satisfaction, was no longer necessary. She had been physically thirsty, yes, but she had been spiritually and emotionally parched as well. We see this thirst in her having five husbands, finally living with a man who was not her husband, and now coming to the well alone in her shame.

I know this need for satisfaction. I haven't had five husbands, and the man I live with is most definitely my husband, but I know too well this desire for meaning and significance. No doubt you do as well. We look for happiness and fullness and satisfaction and meaning and significance in thousands of different things: our jobs, our homes, our children, our stuff, our control, our clothes, our weight, and on and on. Maybe a new job or a new house or a new sofa or...fill in the blank. Your list may be different from mine, but we both lug around all this stuff in our waterpots, looking, searching, yearning, seeking, thinking "if only I had this...or did this..."


And just like that Samaritan woman, we find our thirst is never quenched. We may get the new pair of shoes or the new haircut or the new home, and we are full. But only momentarily. Just as one glass of water will only sate our thirst for a short time, only to thirst again, so too does our pursuit of fullness in the things of this world. Whatever we chase after, if it is apart from Jesus, it leaves us empty and parched and, like the woman coming to the well alone, most often wallowing in our shame.

Jesus offers Living Water, water that fully satisfies, water that fills up to overflowing. Whatever it is you are looking for or seeking after, you'll find it in Him. Meaning, significance, purpose, a love that will not fail: it's there. He has it. He not only satisfies, He overflows.

Time to leave your waterpot behind and come to the One who will meet your every need, not with a few drops of water here and there, but with the riches of Jesus Christ. The riches of Himself!

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
(John 7:37)
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
(Ps. 90:14)
my cup overflows...
(Ps. 23:5)


  1. LOVE your post today. It really spoke to me. It is difficult in this day with everything that is available to us, to trust in God rather than in things of the world. If we would, then we wouldn't need the things of the world, though. Thanks for blessing me this morning! Blessings to you, Lisa!

  2. Really enjoyed your post. As I have reflected on the coming year, I have been convicted of things to leave behind. Thanks for sharing!