There was once a woman who just loved falling in love but no matter how much she fell in love she could never find enough love. She loved everything love had to offer, or a least she thought she loved everything love had to offer, and so she quickly grew up and realised that her best source of love was going to come from men, and so she went from man to man to man, she went through so many men that she even married five of them! In a lot of ways, she just loved the freedom of just throwing off all of her clothes and in this same sense she would throw off all of the garb of humanity and all of the false fronts and so she would try to set herself free with a night or two or three or four or even more, of wild passionate love, at least this is what she hoped for, but she could never find the intimacy that she so longed for. She so longed for that heart with heart, spirit with spirit, body with body, mind with mind, but she never quite found it in a man and so she would marry, divorce, marry, divorce, and even five times she’d got married and divorced and she was now living with a man and of course she would have been thinking that maybe this was Mr Right, or would he turn out to be Mr Wrong again? She’d often nurse her broken dreams, her heart had been broken so many times and she’d often wonder how she could put those pieces back together again!
Well, it was dinner time and of course there was the endless drudgery of daily living and so she would do what she had done a thousand times before, she’d go to the well to fetch some water, but strangely enough, this day felt different. She found herself being enveloped by this strange feeling as if this was some strange unusual fateful day that had drawn her to the well. It was as if an inner voice was telling her to go there and so as she drew near to that well she could in the distance see a man sat on the wall there, “My,” she thought to herself, “what a handsome looking man!” But as she drew nearer she could see that he was a Jewish man, “Oh” she thought, “he won’t talk to me, the Jew’s have no dealings with the Samaritans!” But strangely enough, as she drew closer this handsome man did speak to her and he “…saith unto her, give me to drink. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” The man who was sat on the wall didn’t see this apparent division here as an obstacle but instead was more concerned about revealing who He really was, He wanted to be completely open with her, He wanted to share His innermost self with her, and He wanted her to share her innermost self with Him, and He, just like her, wanted that deep union of heart with heart and spirit with spirit! It had been a long journey and yes, He was thirsty but He could also see the thirst in her, that all her life she had thirsted for love, and this was more important than the immediate needs of His body for water and so He “…said unto her, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”
Upon hearing these words that seemed to just flow from Jesus’ mouth she found herself being enveloped by this wonderful refreshing feeling of being washed inside, kind of like having a shower, but inside herself and not so much on the outside. Something had touched her deep within! He hadn’t reached out to grab her as so many other men had in her past, her senses told her that there was no ulterior motive here but at the same time she sensed that His line of talk was leading somewhere else, so where was He going to take her? And so she “…saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whench then hast thou that living water?” Jesus then answered her and said, “…whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” This feeling in her heart grew stronger now, she found herself falling in love with this man’s words, she’d usually in the past fallen in love with the outer appearance of the man but here she was falling in love with this man’s words! She felt such love and such passion in His words, she felt this deep understanding in His voice, it was as if they’d swam out together into the deepest ocean as lovers do when they fall in love, she had this wonderful feeling of love just enveloping her and she felt this deep deep thirst coming from depths within her that she never knew existed, but at the same time she knew these depths existed but could never really satisfy that deep inner longing and deeper deeper inner need, but she could now see that she’d kind of closed the door on these inner feelings because she’d become disillusioned with life and disillusioned with the world and disillusioned with the so-called love that all the songs she’d often hear were singing about!
But here was this man touching her in places where she had never been touched before! Yes, she had often thrown off all her clothes and of course she revealed her naked beauty to many many men and she loved to let them explore her secret places but she never knew that there were other secret places and that there was so much more to her inner self than her outer beauty. She’d often used her outer beauty to lure in just as many men as she’d choose, she’d never had any real problems with this because most men were always after just one thing. But this man was different! And so she then said to this man from the depths of her heart and with a deep deep inner thirst, so much so that she would even be willing to beg for this water that He was talking about! She thought to herself, “what is this water that He is talking about? This feels like one of those love at first sight moments that people talk about, am I actually falling in love here? Is he falling in love with me? Does He really love me and not just my body as so many other men have?” And so she “…saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” “Well,” she thought, “what will be His answer to that? She had kept her cards very close to her chest, if she told Him of all the men she’d had in the past and that she’d been married five times and she was now living with a man who she’d had her doubts about in that he may just turn out to be just like all the rest, did he want her or did he just want her body?”
She didn’t quite understand at this point that Jesus could see every card that she had in her hand and there was no need for her to hold her cards so close to her chest! And so “Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither (come back).” The woman quickly thought, “I don’t want to let this one go, this is too bigger fish to let go! This could be the man that I’ve always been looking for my whole life, in my wildest wildest dreams I’ve always dared to dream of such a man and here he is, I can’t lose him now!” And so “The woman answered and said, I have no husband” – This she thought was true because she was now living with a man and surely she didn’t need to tell him of her awful past and how she had been married five times and what of all those quarrels she’d had with all those husbands and all of those arguments and rows? She didn’t need to tell Him all that of course because He would run a mile! – And so “Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband.” A quick sense of relief rushed over her whole body as He appeared to have eaten her every word and of course He had paused here, so she thought to herself, “let’s now get back to love and that water that He was talking about – she was so thirsty!” But then Jesus kind of quickly went onto say, “For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that sayest thou truly.” In a moment of truth and what you might call completely naked truth, she found herself stripped bare of all of her coverings, she’d taken all of her clothes off many times in the past and stood naked before many men, but she’d never felt naked like this before! She was of course clothed from top to bottom to protect herself from the midday sun, but even so, she found herself as if stood naked in front of this wonderful man who could see straight through her and she found herself willing to bare all to Him. She had said five times in her past, “with my body I thee wed” and of course she’d had five honeymoons where these words fulfilled their promise to her husband and so with each one she’d remember the night of passion and that night of love but then that strange hangover feeling in the morning, that maybe she’d made another big mistake because even the honeymoon didn’t reach the heights or the depths that she’d always so longed for so she would remember the next morning when she would slip off naked into the shower and try to kid herself that maybe she’d had too much to drink and so this had perhaps spoilt things because she felt it ended up more about the booze and being raunchy then it did about love!
And so this man truly was different than all the rest because she felt that he’d known her her whole life, that her life was an open book to Him and He’d read every page, He’d read every chapter, but still He loved her all the same. Then she “…saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet…I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he cometh, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.” Upon hearing these words, the woman felt an overwhelming surge welling up within her, she now felt that the words that He had spoken had truly become “…a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” All of a sudden she felt shock and amazement and at the same time she was still feeling this deep love and this inner stream of water springing ever ever up into everlasting life and everlasting love. She felt that she’d already spoken her wedding vows to Him, that she’d now married Him on the spot or a least she felt engaged to Him and would marry Him! It quickly crossed her mind that this truly is the man I’ve been looking for my whole life, this truly is Mr Wonderful and even Mr Merciful! Her hands quickly lost her grip on the water pot that she’s been carrying and she felt this overwhelming urge to go “…into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
Adapted from the story of The Woman at The Well – John Chapter 4 verses 6-26.