On Sunday, April 6, Rev. Lois Blakey-Paige, pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached about "Divine Visitation in Our Loneliness" based on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4.
From the narrative about the Samaritan woman at the well we learn that Jesus knows our history, Jesus knows our differences and Jesus knows our desires.
During her introduction, Pastor Paige said, "There is a difference between being lonely and being alone. Being alone might be a choice. Some situations in life can leave us lonely, in despair, disappointed and depressed and we isolate ourselves from others."
Your particular situation might be different, but it is also divine like the Samaritan woman who went to the well about the sixth hour. That was noon after all the other woman had left the well. This unnamed Samaritan woman was despised and rejected by the Jewish women and men because she was a half-breed.
The text shows us Jesus' part, the Samaritan woman's part and our part.
Jesus made it a point to go to the well and wait because He knew the Samaritan woman would come. Jesus knew this woman had a history, but that's not why He wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with her. He wanted to talk to her to rid her of her shame and her condemnation even though He broke three laws to do so.
- He was a Jew who talked to the half-breed.
- He was a Jewish man who talked to a Samaritan woman.
- He asked to drink from her container.
Like Jesus waited for the Samaritan woman by the well, He is also waiting to take away your loneliness. All you have to do is to go to the well.
It is significant that Jesus met the woman at the well. A well or water is spiritual in the Bible. The word of God is our living water. This woman received the word.
Instead of letting your loneliness drive you to erratic behavior, meet Jesus at the well.
The Samaritan woman left her waterpot behind and went back to her neighborhood and told the people, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29)
You don't have to be lonely. Jesus is waiting by the well just for you.