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When we realize that we are thirsty for wholeness, our greatest efforts leak out like the best water because of our brokenness and sin. Whenever we try to make our own ways to Heaven or rely on ourselves and not the Lord, we build fractured jars.
The Samaritan woman, in her shame, brought her jar in the heat of the day to try to hide her brokenness from others, but Jesus was waiting right there with her in her mess. He met her and gave her something greater. Maybe you too are dealing with brokenness that you want to “go get water at noon so no one sees you.” But Jesus is right there with you. Shame can be removed from you and you can be reminded that just as Christ cleansed this dirty person from her sin, He can do the same for you. He chose the outcast and showed His glory through it.
Jesus is the source of transformation. When the Holy Spirit comes into your life, you will begin to look more like Christ. The Samaritan woman did not get to ignore her sinful ways; Jesus lovingly confronted them. She chose to use her past as a platform for the power of the Lord at work in her life. This woman could not make her past “right” at this point, but she could have a fresh start with her Savior.
I imagine that she was not perfect, but that she was forever changed and did her best to glorify God with the rest of her life.
At the end of the Bible, God shares a message about living water. Revelation 7:16-17 says, “‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
It hit me so hard reading this, realizing that it says we will never thirst again. The sun will not beat down on us. Jesus, the Lamb will lead us to the springs of living water. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. We are the “Samaritan Woman.” She was thirsty, she hiked through the burning hot sun, and met up with Jesus who led her to the living water. I do not know if she cried, but she may very well have cried tears over her shame. Just as she felt ashamed and was released from that, we can be free from condemnation as well. Our God loves us and leads us to the living water that only He can give.