I Met a Man

~John 4:29 "Come see a man, which told me all things that I ever did: is not this the Christ?"

I was asked if I had heard the story of the woman at the well. My reply was that not only had I heard of her, I was her! It is found in the fourth chapter of John. She was not the kind of girl a guy would take home to meet his mama. I think there was a purpose for the Bible not having recorded her name. We are not who people say we are. We are sometimes not even what we call ourselves.Only when we encounter Jesus is our true identity discovered.

Jesus strikes up a conversation with her. He began revealing that He knew all about her. This part of the story has been told as if He was reading her the riot act. I don't see it that way. I think He did it to take away her fear. He was giving her the ability to let down her guard. Her shame could have caused her to run away. She saw undeniable love and acceptance in His eyes as he spoke. She felt something she had never felt before. She felt safe. Hope began rising up inside of her. She had been married five times. That meant she had had five rejections. She had suffered at least five heart breaks. How many times had she been made to feel as if she wasn't good enough?

Even though I have not had the same life experiences as she, I have known the sting of rejection. I understood her pain. I took baby steps toward Jesus. I desired to know all about Him. I wasn't sure I wanted Him to know all of me. He was patient. He continued to draw me with His love. Jesus came upon this woman about the sixth hour of the day. The number six is the number of man. He knows that we are human. He meets us in our weaknesses. Jesus asked her for a drink. If we offer to Him the little we have, He will pour into us all that He is. Jesus is our well of living water.

Thirst is a good thing. Our bodies require water to survive. We would never decide that we don't need to have our physical thirst satisfied again. The same shoud be true of our spiritual thirst. I continue to draw from the well, Christ Jesus. The more I do, the more of Him I desire. Only He can satisfy. The plans He has for my life are greater than anything I could ever think of in myself. I am glad that I met a man.

~Connie Robinson

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