She started up the path to the well. She had her rough clay pot in her hands, and the dust of the road clung to her skin. It was such a hot day, and all she wanted was a drink of cool, fresh water.
As she approached the area, she noticed a man sitting on the edge of the well. He looked tired and dirty.
When he saw her, he asked her for a drink of water. But he was a Jew. Jews did not speak to Samaritans. Especially a Samaritan like her.
As she continued to converse with him, he told her about something called “living water.” He told her that she would never thirst again if she received it.
He told her about her five past husbands and the man she was living with now. “He must be a prophet,” she thought as he told her these things. Not many people knew about her past, her mistakes, her sins.
By the time their conversation ended, she was full of joy and new hope. She started back to town. She couldn’t wait to get there and tell everyone what she had just received.
She had always thought that her past mistakes would forever make her thirsty for more. But now her thirst had been quenched by the Man who spoke of living water.
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can be found in John 4. It is a beautiful story of redemption.
The Samaritan woman was a sinner with many past regrets, but God still redeemed her in spite of them.
She had been with many men, committed adultery, and was now living with a man that wasn’t even her husband. But none of that mattered to God. He still loved her and gave her a new future.
Whatever your past is, God can redeem it and you.
He doesn’t want you to live a life of regret. He forgave you and redeemed you when He was on the cross. He wants you to move beyond your past and look to the beautiful future He has planned for you.
Sue Augustine wrote in her book When Your Past Is Hurting Your Present: Getting Beyond Fears That Hold You Back, “The time has come to lay that baggage down and leave behind all the struggling and striving. You can be set free as you journey forward into a balanced healthy and rewarding future.”
No matter how bad your past may be, no matter how much you may have sinned, it does not matter to God.
In the story, the woman at the well wasn’t given a name. I think that was because it gives us a chance to insert our name in her place. Putting our name in this passage can be done since we have all sinned. It can be done because we all have a past.
We all have sinned. We all have past regrets. We all have hurt and pain stored in our hearts. But God invites us to something new. To a new future. To a new season of life that is full of living water.
Whatever you past is, God is inviting you to leave it behind and come into a new future with Him.
In His amazing love,
Read the story of the woman at the well in John 4 and insert your name for hers. How did God speak to you differently when you read it?