Reading the story of the Samaritan woman in John 4, I realized the whole conversation started because Jesus was thirsty. He asked her for a cup of water from Jacob’s well. Sure he was tired, but couldn’t he get it himself? Haven’t we learned already that Jesus always has a higher agenda in mind than the natural things he asks for?
At first she was insulted that he would ask her, but by the end of the conversation she understood he was the Messiah she had been waiting for all her life. A bond formed between them within minutes. Even after all that, she still did not serve him water as far as we can tell! The nerve of that lady!
Suddenly, the disciples arrived at the scene, surprised that he actually conversed with this Samaritan ‘female.’ They offered him something to eat, knowing he was hungry and thirsty after the long journey that had brought him to Samaria. Contrary to normal behavior, Jesus refuses the food and drink and tells them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (John 4:32, NIV).
Somehow, without real food or drink Jesus had been fed and nourished! That ‘female’ the disciples had looked down on had given Jesus what he really wanted. They brought him food and drink, but she gave him what he desperately hungered for—REAL FAITH! No frozen piña colada could have been more refreshing than the drink she served him on that blistering hot day. Hebrews 11:6 gives us the skinny on what pleases God: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV).
I complicate things when I worry about not measuring up in God’s eyes. I start thinking he wants the piña colada: my money, my resources, and my time. But all along he’s looking for a tiny glimmer of faith in me. Sure, that faith will propel me into great feats of generosity and ministry to the less fortunate, but it all starts with the kind of genuine faith that pleases God.
I hope my future conversations with God refresh him. I hope he finds faith deep inside my well when he thirsts again. How about you? What will Jesus find in your well the next time he stops to ask for a drink?
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.