Worn Out

Women of the Light 


Ever been “worn out”? So tired you just didn’t think you could take another step. You are in good company. When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and went again to Galilee.  He had to travel through Samaria, “He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her.

John 4:1-7 (emphasis mine)

In case you ever wondered if Jesus was really a man, really human, let the words – “Jesus, worn out from His Journey” touch your heart today.  Jesus, as a man, was plain ol’ tired.  Probably emotionally and physically.  He’d just gone a few rounds with the Pharisees and doubters in the last place He’d been AND He was walking from Judea on His way to Galilee, again.  He had to travel through Samaria.  He was worn out from His journey!  So, He sat down.  Nothing earth shaking about that.  Human.  “Just” Human. Agree?

However, in His human tiredness He continued to track the heart of His Dad.  Along came Suzie ( just named her for fun, ok?).  She came to Jacob’s well to get water at 6:00PM.  Alone.  Protecting herself again from the reproach of the other women who came earlier in the day to the well.  You see she was a woman with a “reputation”.

“Worn Out” Jesus sees her with His Father’s eyes and knows her need and reaches out to her with His Father’s love. Tired or not, Jesus cared about the heart condition of this woman.  He met her were she was, reveal to her Who He was, and taught her about real worship.The Gospel account never says if Jesus got the cup of water he initially asked for; but He gave “Suzie” the ability to enjoy living water – cleansing, healing water that would one day flow from the well of His own body for her salvation. Was Jesus still physically “Worn Out”?   Maybe.  But can you imagine the strengthening joy that ensued as this newly commissioned “female” Evangelist went to town and told the people about Jesus. She prepared some hearts to hear His words. John writes that many believed  because of her of her words.  Many more then believed because of Jesus’ words!

So next time you are worn out from your journey go ahead and sit down, but keep your heart tuned to the Father’s heart and in your weakness He may just use you in a powerful way to reach others with His love.

I know I am going to watch for these moments when the Divine will can flow through this often weak and tired vessel!

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