As I have been looking at different wells this year I keep coming back to the most famous story of a well in the bible. Well, not so much a story of the actual well but more rather the woman at the well. For that is the only way we can identify her – we do not know her name. We know so much about her promiscuous past but we do not even know something as simple as her name.
I just want to draw your attention to one sentence at the end of the story. It says that she “left her waterpot and went into the city.” She had an encounter with her Messiah – the living water and immediately she left down her waterpot – that very thing that symbolised her emptiness, the very thing that kept her coming to a well that could never satisfy her. She left it down. She was free. She didn’t need to carry it anymore. She realised she, herself, was no longer an empty waterpot. She left down her old identity. She took up a new identity. Because she drank from the well that never runs dry – she then became a well. And what do wells do? They fill empty vessels. She poured out from the well deep within her and she went into the city and faced her enemies, except that this time she didn’t see them as critics she saw them as empty vessels just as she had been.
Empty vessels are all around us. We all begin as empty vessels longing for satisfaction. But as we drink from the Well we are then commissioned to be a well to those empty vessels around us.
Jesus ended up staying two days in Samaria – it looks like this woman wasn’t the only empty vessel in that city.
Then he became very thirsty; so he cried out to the Lord and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?” 19 So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.
Samson was tired and weary. It had been a long battle and he had the victory but it seemed that he didn’t have the energy to enjoy it. Have you ever felt like that? Victorious yet exhausted. You should be jumping for joy but all you want to do is sleep.
Samson found himself in Lehi – a hollow place. A place of insignificance. Does that sound familiar? That whisper in your ear that says, “it doesn’t matter. Your job doesn’t matter. Your marriage doesn’t matter. Your friendship doesn’t matter. Your church doesn’t matter. You don’t matter.” Don’t believe that lie.
Samson may have felt the hollowness of that moment – the insignificance of the time and place he was in yet he did not allow that feeling to silence him, He called out. He refused to settle for insignificance. He believed that there could me more – even in the hollow place. And as he called, he was satisfied. “So God split the hollow place…and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived” (v19).
He named that place, ‘The Caller’s Spring.’ Even the hollow place – the place of insignificance – can burst forth with life. No place is ever wasted when we cry out to God. He provides a spring for every caller.