The Woman at the Well

As I ponder this story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, there are so many things that made it an unusual occurrence.  Firstly, for a Jewish man to talk to a woman, much less a Samaritan woman was rare.  Her reputation couldn’t have been pristine if she had five previous husbands and was not married to the man she was currently living with at the time.  When His disciples returned and found Him, they, too, were surprised.  The one thing that Jesus was positive about, was her receptivity; therefore, her recognition of the Christ as He told her about herself.  In her humility , she expressed gratitude for this conversation.

1 Samuel 16:7 states “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.'”  Jesus was certainly looking at the Samaritan woman’s heart that day and it remains that way.  Today, I will actively work about keeping my heart free from worry, anxiety, jealousy, envy, bitterness and pray that it be filled with grace, love and kindness.  That is what God will see.

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