Sit at the Well
Written by: Hannah Springer
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But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh,
bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
- John 4:14
Loneliness was a theme of many of my years growing up in middle school, high school, and college. Sundays were always a day when I felt the most alone. Ironically, they were the days carved out for me to be still and alone with the Father to refill my soul and mind for the week ahead, yet the devil jeopardized this sacred time to show me everything I was missing. I was always craving more time with friends, a relationship, or anything to show me I was worthy of being loved and someone giving their time and energy to me.
In all of humanity, through the chaos, brokenness, tears, loss, and failure, loneliness can be one of the darkest and most hurtful places to find yourself. God created us for a deep, intimate, community with one another, seemingly apparent within the garden before sin. When darkness was exposed and sin wedged itself within humanity, separation and strife quickly became the way of human existence. Sin separates. Walking against God’s will pulls us away from our relationship with God, ourselves, and others. The devil thrives on lonely nights, anxious thoughts, and hopeless doubts in a believer's mind.
God is even more than we can think or imagine. He is bigger than my mind can comprehend, and His love is like nothing that we have experienced on Earth. Loneliness strikes all of our lives, yet it hits one specific character in Jesus’ ministry very strikingly, the woman at the well. In John 4, we see a woman found in so much shame from her many marriages and past mistakes that she goes to the well by herself to avoid the social embarrassment from her sinful lifestyle. The brokenness in her life leads her to choose loneliness to avoid pain, yet that is exactly where Jesus steps in. Just as He sat with her to tell her about the living water (John 4:14) and to tell her who He was, He is sitting with us in our darkest corners of life.
In the middle of the crippling loneliness that life throws at us, sit at the well with our Savior. Invite Him into the mess, the sin, the darkness, and the brokenness. Loneliness is a lie of the devil, a scheme to pull our minds into the doubt that makes us believe that we have no one and that we are unworthy of love and grace. Jesus walking on this Earth was and is the answer to a lonely heart; He is our friend (John 15:15), our refuge, our Savior, our helper, and our strength. You are eternally loved and chosen and never alone.
1. Where in your life is the devil pulling your eyes away from the Lord and focusing them on your loneliness?
2. How is Jesus calling you into a deeper and richer community with Him today?
Lord, help us to seek you within lonely seasons. Help us to stay focused on Your kingdom and all of how You have blessed us. I pray my sisters know the richness of Your love in their everyday life and they can lean into your Spirit as we walk through dark days. Bless our lives, ministries, relationships, and actions as we faithfully serve You in everything we say and do. Amen.
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