Hello My Name Is (Week 3) – Samaritan Woman
Hello Mummy Meditators! Welcome to the third and final summary post on the Samaritan Woman. This week we have been meditating on the following verse:
“The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you – I am He.” John 4:25-26
The significance of the bucket
Over the last three weeks we have really immersed ourselves in the shoes of this Samaritan Woman. We’ve looked at what it meant for her to be a Samaritan and to be defined by her nationality or her beliefs. We’ve studied her response to Jesus’s request for a drink. We’ve been left wondering why Jesus asks her a question he already knows the answer to. For me one of the things I’ve been meditating on is the significance of her bucket. Here she is approaching a well in the midday sun when it’s dry and hot. She’s thirsty but because of her lifestyle she goes at a time when nobody else will see her. Her bucket might be empty of water but she’s carrying shame and disgrace.
Then she meets Jesus who asks her for a drink. I mean, the person who spoke the oceans into being, who commanded the rivers to flow asks a Samaritan Woman for water! He sees into her heart and offers her a new hope and a new salvation. The Spirit stirs her heart by reminding her of the scriptures prophesying the Messiah.
Then BAM! “…Jesus declared, ” I am the one speaking to you – I AM HE!”
She goes back to Samaria carrying a bucket, not full of the dishonour with which she approached the well but a bucket full of the living water! How do we know this? In the subsequent verses we are told that many in the town believed because of her testimony. Jesus used one thirsty woman to transform a whole region. How could he use your life?
It’s ok to be thirsty
If we are prepared to really put ourselves in her shoes then we come to the realisation that everyone is thirsty and that we are all carrying our own bucket of shame/pride/weakness. For me I often have a bucket full of Mummy Guilt. The guilt I feel, for example, when I think I haven’t given my children anywhere near enough messy play opportunities at home. Or the fact that every other parent on Facebook or Instagram appear to have “it” all together and here I am sticking my second Disney film on of the day just so I can finally get round to clearing the breakfast things away! The last three weeks have reminded me that it’s ok to be thirsty, it just depends on where you go to draw your water from. Jesus is the only well that has the water I need. Jesus never promised that you will never thirst or have a need again but he does use this encounter with the Samaritan Woman to remind us that you will always have somewhere to drink from. Do you need to be reminded of this today? Maybe go and fill a glass of water, take a sip and let Jesus remind you that it’s his living water that quenches our thirst.
As we leave the encounter of the Samaritan Woman behind we step back into the Old Testament into 1 Kings 17: 12 to meet the Widow at Zarephath:
“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.” 1 Kings 17: 12
Join us tomorrow night (Monday) at 9pm in our Mummy Meditations Facebook Group to be introduced to this unnamed woman and to hopefully learn how to pronounce Zarephath! Why not set an alarm on your phone to prompt you to join us? We’d love to hear your initial thoughts on this Widow!