I live in a 110 year old apartment with no air conditioning. As temperatures have neared 100 degrees many times in recent weeks, I’ve found myself frequently heading to the kitchen for a glass of ice cold water. That cold water has been at the top of my gratitude list many times, but on last Friday I knew it wasn’t enough. You see, I’m in the middle of planning a family history camp and boxing up my apartment to move across the country. Those two things have made me stressed and a tad bit anxious. When I woke up and felt the heat of my apartment and the stress of those two upcoming tasks, I knew I needed to reach for the Savior, so I drank from His “living water” in the temple. My time in the temple was precious and I was filled with peace as my mind turned toward the story of the Woman at the Well.
In John 4, Christ met a Samarian women at the well. He was tired from his long journey, so he asked the Samarian woman for water. This took her by surprise because Jews didn’t associate with Samarians. The conversation that followed her surprise has calmed my stress and anxious heart:
“If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?…
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw…. I perceive that thou art a prophet…I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
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?*
Since that Friday afternoon in the temple, I’ve continued to ponder on the encounter between Christ and the Samarian woman. One of the first things I realized is that Christ is always ready and able to give me “living water,” but in order to drink I must have an humble mind and heart. It’s easy to let fear and anxiety cloud our minds. However, when we step back and take a moment to focus on finding peace in Christ it becomes easier to drink from His “living water.” As we do so, we invite Christ and His ever abiding spirit into our lives.
One of my other realizations was that the woman went immediately to tell her friends and family about Christ and the happy news of the Gospel. Once she understood the power of following Christ, she wanted to share it. We can do the same! When you have spiritual experience write it down, bare your testimony of the truths you’ve learned and find ways to lift up your friends and family through living and sharing the Gospel.
*I didn’t include the entire account of Christ and the Woman at the Well, so if you want to read more head to John 4.