By Arla, Jul 11 2019 01:00AM
As Jesus' friends walk up, the woman leaves.
Forgetting Jesus' thirst, what she was doing, and her water jug, she runs to the leading men of the city with her discovery, "Come and see a man that told me my life, could this be the Messiah?"
Only looking at her they perceive a change; she looks different.
At the well, the disciples see Jesus' face and hesitate to interrupt his meditation. But remembering how He needed food, they urge him, "Master eat."
He loves their concern, and reassures them that he's been nourished.
They wonder did the woman give him something to eat?
He catches the teachable moment and shares with them the effect he feels from having one person respond to him in faith. As a mother delights in the smile of recognition from her baby, so he delights when we "get" who He is.
Jesus knows the woman believes in Him, and as he sees the sun reflecting white on green fields, he comments, "You think there's four months to harvest, but there is one ready here now."
The Samaritan men come to the well and crowd him with questions, begging him to stay and teach them. What a difference from the skepticism at home!
For two days Jesus and his friends stay, eat, and sleep as guests of Samaritans, who don't even need miracles to believe.
The disciples are stretched--extremely uncomfortable, but years later are so grateful for the experience and Jesus' example to them.