“The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” -- John 4:11
WE ARE guilty of this because our wells are too deep. And our wells could be anything really. Bitterness, greed, lust, ambition, materialism, poverty, corruption, and all other inescapable things. Like the Samaritan woman we say to Jesus, you have no rope in fact she says, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.” What we are telling Jesus is, you cannot do anything with this predicament. It is too deep. It is useless, you cannot help me.
A lot of us believe that because if we are honest all these thoughts stem from our own experiences. We have failed so many times. We have been disappointed. We have dreams shattered. We have become cynical and we let this thing shape or outlook towards Jesus. You do not have a rope to pull me out. I am way too deep in this. Perhaps like me we do not doubt the love of Jesus but sometimes we do not believe in His power. We have become so used to failing and sinning that like the Samaritan woman our response is incredulous. Kung sa Tagalog pa, talaga ka Lord? And we would probably be right about that response, human as we are. We equate God’s power to our failure. We compare God’s strength with our weakness. And we say, Lord, the well is too deep. And in doing so we limit Jesus.
But God’s help does not come from our sinful habits and continuous despair. God’s mercy does not stem from our daily reluctance and incessant thrashing. The mercy and power of God comes from above. Rope or no rope. We cannot change with our own strengths and powers. If we are fully capable of that, this world will be paradise. Individually we would have no need for anger, drugs, confessions, jail, and justifications because we would be more than capable of handling our own demons. But take a look at the world today. And we all know the answer to that. We are not in control and this whole world can be blown up by any mad person. Why? Because he or she has no control over his or her own madness.
And all these things will lead up to Jesus and His power. I mean, look at the world today. If He really wanted to, this whole pandemic could be over in a second. That I believe. If He wills it, it will. But we are not God so we wait and accept.
But here is my thought. The well, though deep, is never without hope. The water will be drawn, the living water. So whatever our wells are, let us hope like that Samaritan woman who says where she can find the living water. And like her we are blind to see that the living water is right in front of her.