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You Are Not Alone


Alone again. That’s what she must have thought as she walked to the well all by herself that day. But she wasn’t alone for long. Jesus was there. Yet, she didn’t know who He was and she couldn’t help but wonder why He was talking to her, a Samaritan woman. When He spoke, she heard gentleness in His voice. Kindness and humility in His simple request for a drink. In His eyes she saw acceptance, not judgment. Love, not hate. Many of us know her as the Samaritan woman, but I like to call her Sam to make her feel more like the real woman she was. A woman who struggled with hurt, rejection, and loneliness. Jesus was on His way to Galilee that day, but Scripture tells us “He had to go through Samaria” {John 4:4}. Yet theologians would tell us Jews considered Samaritans to be the scum of the earth and would do everything to avoid them by traveling around Samaria — but not Jesus. He had to go through Samaria. Perhaps it be because He knew Sam would be there. Women normally traveled together to the well, in the cool of the day, to avoid the heat of the sun since they carried heavy jars filled with water back to their homes. But Sam went by herself. Many believe that instead of avoiding the scorching heat of the sun, she went to the well at noon to avoid the scorching pain of others’ rejection and judgment. Sam had been married five times, and was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. When Jesus met her, Sam was running an errand, and running from those who knew of her failures, shame, and imperfections. Pursuing her with His perfect love, Jesus timed it so she would run into Him. He initiated conversation and asked her for the one thing she had to offer, water. It wasn’t much, but it was a start. Sam stopped and listened. She let Him speak words of assurance and acceptance into the broken, insecure, empty places of her heart. Jesus intentionally pursued Sam in one of the loneliest parts of her day and in the same way, He is there in the midst of our sometimes lonely, imperfect lives. He is there when our disappointments and failures leave us empty and make us doubt our worth and purpose. He is there when you’re going through the motions, aware of what needs to be done but unaware of how you’re going to do it all. He is there during endless days filled with projects, diapers, or laundry when you’re wondering if you’ll ever find meaning in the monotony. He is there when you’re criticizing yourself and questioning whether you have what it takes to be a godly man/woman, husband/wife, dad/mom, and friend. He sees you. He notices all you do. And He knows what you long for. Jesus is the only One who can meet our deepest need to be known, accepted, and pursued simply because of who you are. And today, He wants you to know this: He is pursuing you with His gift of perfect love — love that is patient and kind, love that keeps no record of your wrongs, love that won’t give up on you or me. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are not alone. He is there. Lord, help me believe and rely on the love You have for me and live in the security of Your constant presence. When I feel alone, afraid, or insignificant, help me remember You are there.


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