Once Jesus was on His way to Galilee. But, the Scripture says, He needed to go through Samaria. This need was not a geographical consideration - not a shortcut. The ONE who was sent of God, who spoke the words of God and had the Spirit without limit was divinely led to Samaria.
Why? For an encounter with a Samaritan...a Samaritan woman...a woman with a past... spilling into her present.
He sat by the well. Waiting. She came seeking water.
He asked for a drink and she argued with him over whether He should even be speaking to her. A Samaritan. A woman. With a past. With a present.
He offered her a chance for a drink of His water. Living Water.
The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband', for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."
The Living Water and the Water Seeker wade deeper in discussion.
Then the Water Seeker with the past spilling into the present left her waterpot and went into the city, and said to the men, "Come see a man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
But the Living Water did not tell the Water Seeker everything she ever did. Yet what He did tell her revealed the source of brokenness in her life. Her past and present relationships colored everything so that there was nothing to her any longer but the brokenness of past spilling into present. To the Water Seeker - that was her all.
The Living Water chose to reveal what He came to heal. He needed to go through Samaria to keep a divine appointment. And so He went. And so He sat. By the well. Waiting for the Water Seeker.
* Excerpt from a Bible study I wrote entitled Spirit-Filled ~ Spirit-Led
My Monday Magnificat? He fills the seeker! For this, I utter my praise.
Magnificat - an utterance of praise from the Latin magnificare - to magnify