Only to avoid the other women in the village, she chose to draw water in the parching heat of the day, while the other women of Samaria gathered water in the cool of the morning, using this opportunity to visit and talk.

This woman must have been on the downside of life after gone through several failed marriages. She must have felt twice an outcast and perhaps was rated number one as being despised and rejected in her own town.  Her struggle with shame, depression and low self-esteem may have been a constant reminder that her life was in shambles and everyone in the village knew it. Having endured such emotional stress, she taught herself how to deaden the pain.
Only to avoid the other women in the village, she chose to draw water in the parching heat of the day, while the other women of Samaria gathered water in the cool of the morning, using this opportunity to visit and talk.  Instead of embracing her, there is a good chance they made her the highlight of their conversation.  I can only imagine how the hurtful gossip traveled throughout the entire village of Samaria.
This woman whose life was no more than a heap of ashes, one day met Jesus at the well and he uniquely transformed her life into something extraordinarily beautiful.
 Maybe you are in a firestorm and the flames of fire are dancing all around you.  The heat is more than you can bear. You may wonder, “How long will I wake up to the dreadful mornings only to face disappointment.  You may even struggle with the fact that your life is too messed up for God to fix.  However, take joy in knowing that when the blaze die down and nothing is left but the cold black ashes, God will give you beauty in exchange for your ashes.  
 Isaiah 61:1-3 tells us that He came to console those who mourn in Zion and to give beauty for ashes.  The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”
I don’t care who you are or what you have done; Jesus loves you despite all the shameful and wretched things that have happened in your life.  He takes pleasure in whatever you give him that is tangled and messed up.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Carolyn Crow, WOFCC
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