Updated: May 11
"The greatest crime in the desert is to find water and keep silent." -Ancient Arab proverb
The same story told over and over again can lose my attention quickly. How about you? Especially when it gets told based in personal opinion that leaves me still feeling dry. Fascination can be hard to muster from a woman whose well is deep, yet has been dry for years.
Let me tell you how the ancient story was told to me that lead me to a thirst for more truth.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1 NIV
The simple story of the woman at the well. We heard it many times, from many perspectives. Instead of listening to any voice that portrays this woman less than desiring God during this interaction, choose rather, to understand this is exactly what is happening. I have been told numerous times that the woman at the well is trying to change the subject when she asks Jesus in John 4:19-20, "Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
How can she be trying to change the subject? This has never set well with me since that is NOT what my God who sees me tells my heart when I read this text.
Let me explain in more detail my understanding. Hold on a minute. You do realize that this is my opinion as well. Even though I have studied this for years and look for wisdom, as well as a Hebrew Scholar that I consider one of my teachers in the faith, I fall short trying to define all there to offer in the Scripture.
Sovereignty is not something I can grasp, nor will I tell you that I can even merely begin to understand it. But, I am asking to let your mind accept, even for mere moments, that The God of the Universe dear friends, esteems women! Particularly those who are discarded, looked down on, as well as, seen from a flawed human perspective.
As you and I both know, I am incapable of understanding the fullness of God. My hope is that we can realize that we have intrinsic value. Even in this statement, there will be those who will want to criticize these very words. In our human arrogance we think we know. Yet, the scripture is very clear about this. "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." I Corinthians 1:25
This woman has a name. The Samaritan woman at the well. Her name is Photina. There is much history about her life after her encounter with The Messiah in that desert place (not based in biblical fact rather historical from that region and other accounts.) Just like you sister, God sees you and knows your name!
Just for today, for now can you see this story with fascination? Can you see how much God loves you?"