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Dried Up Well

When we were in the Holy Land we got to drink water from Jacob's well where the Samaritan woman met Jesus. The well was already a sacred site at the time of Jesus, since Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, and his family and livestock drank from it.

When I got home I was reminded of my Granny's well. When I was a little girl I would beg them to take the top off so I could look in it. One time I remember looking and it was just a dried up well.

John 4: 4-15 , "Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.  Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.' 'Sir,' the woman said, 'you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?' Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' The woman said to him, 'Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.'"

The water we drank from Jacob's well was cold and refreshing. It has never dried up. It faithfully gives cold, clear refreshment. Granny's well was covered for safety reasons. When I got to look inside I was shocked to find a well with no water. I later learned that some wells are fed by hundreds of tiny rivulets underground which are small bodies of running water.

When water is drawn, more water flows into it through the rivulets, keeping them open and clear. Otherwise, they clog up and close.

We are much the same way. We need the living water that Jesus gives to flow through us. Unless we go to the well for living water we will dry up. We all need water to survive. Jesus says the water He gives brings life. We thirst after God as we thirst for a drink of water. God is called the spring of living water. Living water refers to eternal life. The Holy Spirit provides this living water for us to continually draw from.


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