I witnessed the greatest miracle that I’ve ever seen. I’ve been in tears numerous times since it occurred. As long as I live, I’ll never forget what I have witnessed. I never knew this kind of miracle was possible in this day and age, but it is. The miracle I witnessed recently is very much connected to a familiar story from scripture.
I’ve read this story countless times, as I’m sure you have too. Don’t let the familiarity of the story cause you to miss the finer details, however. There is glory in the unwritten details. I’d like to take a closer look at the details of this story if possible.
There was a woman who came to a well to get some water, and she was sick…love sick. A broken woman indeed.
If you’ve been around evangelical culture for any length of time, you are probably well aware that it is not appropriate for a man to engage a woman in any sort of a substantive, spiritual manner. It is taught that women should only relate with other women in a substantive manner, and men should only relate with other men in a substantive manner. If something deviates from this norm, it is viewed as suspicious. People will disapprove and worry. Gossip and innuendo will spread. This is nothing new. This was also the case in the religious culture of Jesus’ day as well.
You know what I love about Jesus?
He didn’t give a damn about religious culture or the disapproval of people.
He saw a Samaritan woman at a well. I actually think He was waiting for her. She was a thirsty woman. Not only was she a woman, but she was a woman from a hated race with a very shady reputation. Simply put, she had a sketchy past. She also had a sketchy present. Everyone in town knew about her indiscretions. Shame was something she was accustomed to.
But He was not ashamed to jump right into her life. In public. In front of his own disciples.
His desire to give her living water trumped his own human flesh, or the care of being disapproved by the ‘worried’ religious folks who could easily accuse Him of being a ‘womanizer’. The story of Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman recorded in John chapter four is one of my favorite interactions of Jesus from the scriptures. While I don’t want to rehash the entire story here, I would like for us to take a look at some of the possible behind the scene details that seem to stick out to me. I would also like to pose a very important question about this story because it has everything to do with the miracle I recently witnessed.
It is clear to me that this woman was love sick. She was desperately looking for love. I’m convinced that despite her pursuit of love, she had actually never seen real love before. The problem probably began with her father. He was not able to give her the love that she was created for. This sent her on a pursuit.
The first man in her life could not reveal love to her. Neither could the second. Neither could the third. Neither could the fourth. Neither could the fifth. The man she was currently living with, the sixth man, was also not able to reveal love to her either. She was alone, and very thirsty.
The’ love’ that she experienced with those other men always had some kind of string attached. It was not pure. Those other men, including her father, always wanted something from her. A performance of some kind. It was never enough.
The pursuit left her broken, and full of shame. In her mind, a pure no strings attached love simply did not exist. A love like that, from a man, would be too good to be true. Every man wants something. Nothing is free, and no man’s love is truly pure.
So what did God send to her?
He sent a man to her.
Trust me, no detail is insignificant. There is a reason why Jesus (a man) was sent to her. A female follower of Jesus could have easily been sent to help her, but that was not the case. I’m convinced, for her, it required a man to show her that true love actually exists
She had never seen a love that could look into her spirit, know her indiscretions, yet still burn bright for her
She had never seen a love that was entirely pure.
She had never seen a love so high that it transcended sex or anything illicit.
She had never seen a love that simply is, and that simply was for her.
She had never seen a love that is from a heavenly realm.
This Samaritan woman’s six lovers had assaulted the image of love in her eyes. The seventh man in her life, Jesus, restored the image of love in her eyes however. The restoration of love from the seventh man was far greater than the assault from the six others. Man had deeply wounded her, so it required a Man (Jesus) to heal her. When her eyes were finally opened to this love, the healing and restoration began.
Can I tell you something? I think I am ready to die. Seriously.
I have seen the greatest miracle of my life, and I am completely undone. I have recently discovered something quite startling. I have discovered that the story of the Samaritan woman from John chapter four is much more than a historical account of something that happened with Jesus in the past.
It’s a picture of something that is still occurring right now!
Are you aware that Jesus is still living out His life here on the earth today? Yes, the context, location, and names may change, but it’s really the same story. It keeps repeating itself over and over. I never knew that until recently. I personally saw John chapter four lived out with my own eyes. I experienced that same love in my very own chest. I saw the healing it brought for another. I saw the anger and the theological arguments vanish in a second. I saw the restoration with my own eyes.
After several interactions over a period of time , the awakening happened in an instant. In a conversation at the most perfect time. True, perfect love, was finally seen. Hope was restored. It is only the beginning, but it was the most profound miracle I have ever witnessed. To be completely honest, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with a love like that. The beauty is too much. I’m undone, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.