4/14 Life in the Parkie Lane

A Memorable Day        (Pt 2 of the Woman at the Well)                                  

Jesus had said things that only God could know, but instead of getting angry, she felt her life's load lifting.  Her mind cleared. The weariness vanished.  She felt like a kid again.  Something had changed. She had experienced the searing pain of rejection by five husbands, the townspeople and as a Samaritan. However, Jesus did not reject her. Something inside changed. She now believed He was God in the flesh - the Messiah.

Jesus reminded her of her life of misery, but instead of the usual feelings of sadness, shame and failure, she now had hope. Her thoughts rushed to the memories of those worthless men, those men that had done her wrong, those men that still held a special spot in her heart, regardless.

Without thinking, she abandoned her burden of water to deal with her life's burden. She lifted up her wrinkled robe, and stirred up the dust as she scurried back to talk to "Tom, Dick, Harry, Bob, Al and C.B. (Current Boyfriend)."

She stumbled a bit, disheveled and breathless as she ran up to "Tom." Without looking up, he dourly addressed her, "What now, woman? You lookin' for money again?"

"No, I met someone, you have to meet.  He knows all about everything I ever did.  He must be the Christ."  

She eventually convinces him to go to the well and meet Jesus, then goes to the rest of the locally known "scumbags" and tells them about Christ.  They all saw that something had changed in her demeanor and decided to check it out. Instead of feeling uncomfortable with the reunion of her former lovers, she rejoiced that they all showed up. She didn't care what the townspeople thought - they needed to meet Jesus. 

"The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.” John 4:28-30.

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