The Samaritan woman was known for her frequent visits to and from the well. Who knows why she visited the well so much. Maybe she needed the water to wash dishes or maybe it was laundry day and she needed the water to wash clothes. It could have been anything, right?! On one particular day she visited the well and a visitor was waiting for her. I personally think that her encounter with Jesus that day was not by happenstance or coincidence. I believe Jesus was very intentional about sitting at the well not only because he was thirsty but because he knew the Samaritan woman was thirsty too just in a different way.
Have you ever found yourself going through the same thing at the same time every year? Have you noticed yourself repeating the same cycles in life? As I researched I realized that cycles are a series of repeated events that render the same results. The Samaritan woman was in a cycle too. She had already married five times and she was living with a man that was not her husband. Jesus knew why she made so many trips to the well and he wanted to give her a way out of the cycle that she had created. See the Samaritan woman was not visiting the well because she was thirsty physically. There was something that her soul and her heart thirsted for. There was something that she was missing so she married over and over again repeating the same cycles but once she encountered the Messiah he was able to offer her something that would quench her thirst, something that would break the cycle of the need to be accepted. He was able to offer her something that would break the cycle of the need to fit in. I think it’s safe to say that she was looking for love in the wrong places. I’ll raise my hand right here. I am definitely guilty of thirsting after the wrong things at time. We look for these things from our family, our friends and our significant others but this kind of love, acceptance , value and self- worth can only be found through our relationship with God and in ourselves. I think it’s time for us to stop looking for people to fulfill us. I think it’s time that we accept the fact that every one is not going to always applaud us or pat us on the back. Everyone is not going to love us the way that we love them or be as nice to us as we are to them. We like the Samaritan woman may need to take a trip to the well and get a dose of the living water. Are you thirsty? Are you ready to visit the well?