Faucet Living in a Well Water World

Remember when you were a kid and boys had coodies? And then remember when they stopped having coodies? Leonardo DeCaprio just sounded like the name of an old dead, French artist and then one day there are posters of him above your bed on the ceiling? I have no idea when I first started thinking that boys were cute but I DO remember that I started early…

Listen this is my testimony OKAY so don’t judge me… I had my very first kiss at three years old. Yes, it’s true. I liked older guys, I was 36 months – he was 42 months. I was a rebel, Ok? Hard to believe I know but there is photographic evidence. I thought we would get married, eat animal crackers together forever and be an always-take-home-the-class-pet kind of power couple. But it wasn’t God’s plan for my life and we broke up the next day. My first little heartbreak.

Now looking back I can see that I was, what the kids call… “Thirsty.” Who has their first kiss at three?? All jokes aside I was thinking about powerful women in the bible today and someone unexpected came to mind. Did you know the Thirst was real in the Bible too?

Let’s start off with the fact this woman in John 4 isn’t even properly named. We don’t know what she looked like, what her name was but I do know that she’s in heaven right now and I think that’s pretty cool. She was a complex woman (as we all are). She’s lived a ton of life I’m sure. I wonder if she looks down from heaven and sees women just like her now, in her heart urging them to open up the bible to John 4 and read her story. “Just learn from me…” I can imagine her thinking.

We know her famously as the Woman At The Well. But she’s so much more than that to me. She’s the Woman With A Pattern. She’s the Woman With The Past. Even though we don’t know her real name, she’s The Woman Jesus Calls Redeemed.

In John 4 we find Jesus on a roadtrip with His buddies, his guys went to go grab some chipotle and Jesus stopped to get a drink of water from a well. It was high noon, it was hot – so there weren’t a lot of people out there except for Jesus and The Woman. Now listen, our Sister here was kind of Sassy. It’s true. Jesus asked her for a drink of water but in those days men weren’t allowed to speak to women without their husband present. And especially Jews and Samaritans didn’t speak to each other much at all. The Woman questions Jesus, not knowing who He is of course, asking Him why the heck he has the nerve to speak to her out of custom? I love that even when we focus on the law, the reality of things and the state of who we are, Jesus only focuses on Grace.

My Jesus is a G. This is his response:

“If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

If you’ve never heard this story before let me catch you up to speed. We may not know her name, but we do know her story. She’s had five husbands thus far. FIVE. (I love Byron guys, but one husband is enough for me. If I had 5 husbands I don’t know what I’d do with myself. LOL!) And after her fifth husband she went from first comes love, then comes marriage straight to first comes hot guy, then comes let’s just live together. Looking at her I can’t help but feel as though she’s settled in her life. I’m sure that she didn’t’ have five husbands just for fun… She was looking for something. She was looking for love. But she settled for lust.

Even though the woman had doubts about Jesus, he never stopped seeking to meet her deepest needs. She was willing to settle for less at this point, she was will to settle for lust. She was thirsty for something. She needed something and was constantly trying to fill an area. But when you only consume lust and not real love, you’ll be thirsty again and again. Even when we settle in our life and we give up on ourselves, Jesus never stops persisting to meet our deepest needs.

The scripture goes on and in John 4:13-14 Jesus says “Everyone who drinks that well water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give them will never thirst – not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” I don’t know about you guys – but I want the endless life. I want the spring within, please.

Y’all, hear my heart! I don’t know if you’re single, engaged or married already… I don’t know if your bank account is empty or full. I don’t know if your HEART is empty or full. I don’t know what you struggle with, what you’re needing what you’re lacking. We all have our own stuff. But here’s my question…

What Are You Thirsty For?

Are you thirsty for a temporary, quick fix that will leave you dry and empty and needing more?

Or are you thirsty for a love deeper than any well, a love more satisfying than anything on earth? Joy, confidence and fulfillment?

As a young adult there are so many things that can bring up insecurities and empty places that need filling. I’m learning that only Jesus can fill those places. Only Jesus’ living water can satisfy those secret areas of our life that we fill with fluff and leaves us thirsty again and again. For our Woman that is lust. It’s relationships that make her feel valued. Is that you? Or is it your career that makes you feel loved? Is it your talent that makes you feel worthy? Or are you living with so much undying, unlimited love that you can’t help but overflow with that living water.

Track with me…

Imagine you’re at Disneyland right. Happiest place on earth, no? Ok, you’ve got your cute mouse ears on, you got ice cream in your hand. You’re LOVING life! But imagine when it gets so hot, all you want is a cold bottle of water. You’d spend that ridiculous $8 on a bottle of water (of course it’s $8 because it’s magical Disneyland water) because you NEED it to quench your thirst. You put everything aside until you get that ice cold water. It’s hot, you’re dehydrated, irritated and exhausted until you get that water because you’re dependent on it now. You’re used to it, you need it to function. Think of this emotionally. There are things like that in our life that happen that habitually spin us into being dependent off of that one thing. Because you’re used to sipping on that drink, or letting that guy make you feel good, or spending that check on something pretty to post on Instagram…. You end up dependent on that satisfaction it temporarily gives you.

But imagine that you’re home from Disneyland now… All I would want to do is take a nice, long shower. Wash off that day, wash off the stress of kids screaming, wash off my muscles from standing and walking all day…. When I turn on that shower water faucet – I know water is going to come out of it. Because I know the water supply won’t run out. If I left that shower running FOREVER I would have the HUGEST water bill of all time, but I do know that it won’t run out. That’s the kind of love I want to live my life with. Not a temporary solution, but an everlasting spring of life. One that I could leave running forever and it wouldn’t run dry. WHAT A LIFE! That’s what I want to be thirsty for. Because once you’re thirsty, Jesus won’t stop fulfilling your need. He won’t relent in his pursuit of the satisfaction of your deepest need.

Which one are you living your life consuming?

The Water Well? Or the Everlasting Faucet?  I want to challenge us all today to analyze our desires. The Woman at the Well was so disconnected that she didn’t even recognize Jesus was just trying to help her when He walked up to her. Some people believe that she even thought that Jesus was trying to FLIRT with her. I never want to get that disconnected from Him that I don’t even recognize when He’s speaking directly to me. When he’s just trying have have a conversation with me. When He’s trying to help me.

The story ends with The Woman coming to know Jesus and living her life for Him. She leaves the seen to go tell her friends all about Him.

 Jesus ends their conversation by saying… It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

  • Did you know that this story is the longest recorded conversation between Jesus and one other person in the Bible? He spent his precious time speaking with her because she was precious to Him. Just like you are. A gem, a treasure. He spent time urging her to put down her bucket and pick up this life of endless living water. And more than anything telling her to just live her life in truth and to be herself before Him. God is sheer being itself—Spirit.” We try to fill the places of our spirit with things of the natural and that’s why we end up unsatisfied. At the end of the day, that living-water represents the Love of Jesus. It’s who He is. It will never run dry. But you can’t transform your life until you take a drink for yourself.
  • We must let go of one thing in order to receive the other. Put down the cup of temporary things, pick up the cup of ever lasting love.

So… What are you thirsty for?

I love you all. Sorry for my lack of posts, I’m going to try to have new post up every Thursday or every other! Thank you for your endless support, love and emails. You’re all beautiful

Xx Mariah.

 

 

Photo by @susannaapril

15 Comments

Amanda

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Awesome post! I have read this story many times, but the way you described it just stirred my passion even more for the Lord. To pursue His heart more. It’s so easy to get so distracted as a wife and mother of two young children. I try to consume my limited down time on other things that sometimes leave me feeling empty if I haven’t spent quality time with the Lord. This really encouraged me! Blessings! ❤️

Angelina Natalie

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This was so sweet to hear, it definitely touched my heart! God bless

Camila

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This is just so beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share what God speaks to you. Our generation needs to hear your voice! You’re such an inspiration! Keep it up!
With love,
-Camila❤️

Neema Estherlyn

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Love it!

B Mary

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Great post, perfect timing!

Alma

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Mariah, you are wise beyond your years, young one! There is so much blessing over your life and I just want to thank you for sharing your thoughts and your heart with so many of us who have walked down this path or the ones who are going through it today. I can honestly say that this story blesses my heart every time!❤
I only wish I could turn back the hands of time, so that I could love Jesus just that much longer.

Tammy

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Excellent post. You are so wise beyond your years. Hopefully the people at Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, gets it as well. I admire you reaching out to the people in need who may not realize they need His thirst. Keep up the good work.

Amber Hargro

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This post is so true and relate-able to me right now. Thank you for speaking truth Mariah and not sugar coating what all of us need to hear. Your post makes me want to read John 4 and truly study it for what it is, it’s a story about salvation, redemption, but most importantly grace. The Woman at the well, thought she was going to the well for physical water, something that, in a few hours or even days time would run out after being used. However, she left receiving a gift that would never leave her. She went home that day, filled with Jesus’ love, adoration, mercy, and grace. Thanks again Mariah 🙂

Traci

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This was such a powerful message. I loved it! Its crazy because I just read this chapter in John this week and didn’t receive the revelation that you did. I pray that God will continue to work in me as he is in you and continue to reveal his word to me so that I can spread it to the world. You are such as inspiration. Keep being great!

Lucia Parker

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Love 😘 Xoxo

Aisha

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Thank you xo

Freda

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Very very beautiful piece. I recently heard about this story from Steve Furtick. God continually bless you for being a blessing to a Christ believing young woman like me. May your life always be peaceful and May your joy never run out. Regards to Byron.
God bless you.

Megan

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I recently listened to a sermon by Steve Furtick on the same scripture. Now to hear about it again from another God-inspired voice, I definitely feel like He is speaking to me. Thank you for reminding me that only Jesus can fill me up and quench my thirst. Much love Mariah. xoxo

Naomi Bethanna

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So engaging! I love how there always seems to be a thousand way to look at this passage and even more goodies to take out of it!!

STELLA

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GREAT POST MARIAH!

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