As we set off for supplies yesterday, I felt we were sharing in the experiences of women through the ages. Inevitably my thoughts turned to a well in Samaria where, one day, tired and thirsty, Yahshua sat down to rest. A woman came to draw water and He asked her for a drink; it was an extraordinary encounter! It was unheard of for a Jew to speak to a Samaritan, and prompted a startled query as to why He was asking her for water. But Yahshua was there by divine appointment and had spiritual matters in mind.
After a few exchanges He said, “...those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” [John 4:14 NLT] In a dry, hot, dusty land this picture would have been captivating. Water is an essential commodity and without it there is no life. No doubt the Samaritan woman made frequent trips to the well. The idea of a fresh, bubbling, internal spring filled her with longing, “Please, sir,” she cried, “give me this water!” [John 14:15] But Yahshua was not speaking of natural water; He was addressing the dry, dusty condition of the woman’s soul and offering her eternal life.
This glorious gift, so freely given, cost our Saviour His own life, so I find myself asking if I’m taking care of that bubbling spring within. It’s very possible to find our inner world becoming dry and dusty, to experience a personal, spiritual drought, but this is not Yahshua’s way. The supply of life-giving water is a living, eternal one, with the capacity to spring up endlessly. I don’t need to run to the standpipe, I need only call on His precious name. Nothing has changed since that day at the well in Samaria – He is timelessly the same!
For just as each of us has one body with many members...