Streams of Living Water

The Woman at the Well … John 4:4-12

As the Bible story goes, Jesus was tired and thirsty when He was resting by Jacob’s Well and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. They struck up a conversation about the propriety of His request, after she remarked, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (The hatred between the two groups was long-standing; additionally, she was a woman without a male escort, and His request of her would have been inappropriate for that reason alone.)

Jesus answers 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.”

There’s more to it. (Evidently, the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman is the longest recorded conversation in all four gospels.) Later references in the Gospel of John (7:37-39) link “living water” to the Holy Spirit: On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

I can relate to that woman at the well; she went for basic nourishment and left feeling more alive than ever. I oftentimes go deep within my soul — tapping it — for inspiration before and while I’m writing one of my Spiritual posts. I have faith I’m being guided and fed by the Holy Spirit when I’m bothered and feeling down about something; I need to “write it out” in order to feel free of the burden and alive afterwards. Light-Hearted posts are my way of sharing love and laughter and gratitude for God’s blessings. Music posts recognize, according to Kahil Gibran, that “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” And, reblogging Fellow Artists’ posts are a way for me to nurture and honor the Divine in others.

I hope you too are nourished and refreshed by Tapping the Well. Thank you for reading and sharing … God Bless! ❤

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