Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 19-21; John 4:1-30
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!” (John 4:13-15, Common English Bible).
When I read the story of “The Woman at the Well,” my mind almost always goes, immediately to two things. The old Hank Williams song. I borrowed the title for the post. Willams sings, in part:
The shadows sway and seem to say
Tonight we pray for water…. cool, clear water
And way up there He’ll hear our prayer
And show us where
There’s water… cool, clear water
There is little that can satisfy the thirst within us on a hot summer day than water, cool, clear, water.
The second thing that comes to my mind is two trips I made to Canada when I was a teenager. I have mentioned them before in this blog. Right across the US-Canadian border from Minnesota is a Canadian Provincial Park, probably about the equivalent of our national forest but a more intense experience. If you like to rough it, go here!
One of the things I remember most about those two trips is the water. It wasn’t just cool, it was cold! It was also deep and clear. The water was so clean and clear we literally drank it straight from the lake. We would be paddling along in our canoes and we would find ourselves thirsty. So, we would pull the paddle through the water, hold the paddle in the air with the handle side down and let the water run off the blade into our mouth. I loved the taste of that water. Cold, clear, water.
I know this isn’t the water Jesus talked about with the woman at the well but I do think it is the water he was asking for when he first sat down and she came out to the well. She starts asking questions about why he would ask a Samaritan woman for water. The Jews and the Samaritans did not get along. The Jews saw the Samaritans as half-breeds (I don’t like the term but it is how the Jews saw them) who had let foreigners corrupt the bloodline of God’s chosen people. It seems to me, if you are thirsty enough, it doesn’t matter who you get your water from. What you want is water, cool. clear, water.
As the woman talks with Jesus she really doesn’t get it. She wants to get away from the drudgery tasks of her life. She wants some time to just kick back and relax. We all want that. The world does show that some of us do get more of that leisure time than others. It has always been that way. It probably always will be that way. The best we can do is have a drink of water. Cool, clear, water.
The story doesn’t really say if the woman figured out what water Jesus was telling her about when he talked about living water. What she did find, however, was a man who would talk to her and tell her what she had been and what she could be whith his living water. Cool, clear, (living) water.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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