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A well, a woman, a town and true refreshment

Click the picture above for a great monologue inspired by the ‘Woman at the Well’ story.

‘Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognised God’s gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.’ (John 4:10 AMP) Read the whole story here

From where and how do we get refreshed?
Do you know anyone that seems to ‘survive’, from one holiday to the next? Holidays and leisure activities are good things, but, is it possible we rely too much on these for refreshment? Perhaps Jesus is saying to us today, “if only you had known”! So what is stopping us? Perhaps it is recognition? Recognition sometimes implies the giving of respect, eg “so and so was recognised for his work with . .” So maybe Jesus is saying if only you had recognised (and respected) the giver and the gift . . I could have refreshed you?

Recognise the Giver
We were examining this passage (the woman at the well) at house group this week. I felt or had the impression that God was saying it was His pleasure to refresh and indeed give us ‘life’. That is, healing and restoration, for the soul, spirit and the body. We drink water regularly for the body and our Father wants us to drink regularly of what He has to offer too! It is His pleasure.

Recognise God’s gift
We also recognise the giver by what He does for us. So if you found you were refreshed by going to a particular place or by a particular action, then even if you don’t understand how, go there and do it again! As an example, at house group recently after reading the woman at the well story, a number of people shared in an intimate way, how they had ‘drank’ in the past. These included: through dreams and then waking with God speaking to them; an experience of fatherly love with almost the physical arms of God around them after hearing the prodigal son story and talk; feeling lifted up in worship whilst being an evening guest for while at another church, which helped refresh when facing a difficult time; going to a wedding where two people who had got divorced married each other again, in a moment when a Christian used the phrase, ‘got a heart for it’ and another Christian recognised this as a Christian way of talking and doing business that was different. At the end of the meeting we all dipped our hands into a bowl of water whilst someone said, ‘may streams of living water flow within you’, whilst the rest of us held our hands toward them to bless them. We recognised that we can refresh each other through the Holy Spirit outflowing from us.

Recognise Grace
It seems to me that Jesus chose what may have been the lowliest woman in that village to bring his blessing. We need to be ‘laid down’ to receive, not from shame, but through humility. We can see that this woman was not willing to receive because she made various objections. We too can make objections to receiving. Recognise any of these thoughts and feelings? ‘I’m not good enough, I don’t deserve it’, ‘It’s not biblical’, ‘It’s not my style’, ‘these experiences are for a particular purpose, rarely come around, therefore not for me’. Next time you have one of these thoughts or something similar, why not decide they are going to be a trigger to receive, recognising that your Father gives freely, no strings attached?

Final thought
Both the woman at the well and the towns folk took a risk and made themselves vulnerable to ridicule. Are we prepared to take a risk in order to receive refreshing? Having once made the decision to make ourselves vulnerable, we can know that our Father is big enough to look after us. Our brothers and sisters also love us and we can expect God’s grace and goodness to extend through them to us, as we explore new ways to receive.

For meditation: In one part of the story the word well comes from the Greek word for fountain . .

“They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:8,9 NKJV Read the whole Psalm here

Bless you
Andy

ps I am running in the Manchester 10k with ‘Loverunning Manchester’ if you would like to sponsor me please click link below which shows the charities we are running for, Christies, CAP and Tear Fund, thank you!

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