Giants in the Land: Insecurities Abound

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  - John 4:10
 
The story of the woman at the well is one that we should all be able to relate to.
 
The women went to the wellt was the hottest part of the day. In a place and time where there was no air conditioning, noon was the time most people slowed down and avoided hard labor. It was not the time most people chose to carry the heavy jug to the well to lug water back to town. But that was the reason the woman in the story went to the well at noon. She did not want to see anyone else.
 
We don’t really know the reason for her insecurity. We do not know what or who she was avoiding. But we all know what it is like to be insecure. We know what it is like to avoid the places of our pain, our rejection, the whispers and name calling, the reminders of our failure to live up to some standard or look. We know what it is like to carve out ways of coping and avoiding. We know what it is like to have our insecurities dictating how we live.
 
It is precisely in the place of her insecurities, her coping mechanisms, and her life dictated by anxiety that Jesus appears. He sits at the well. But he does not judge her or call her names. He asks her for a drink.
 
Into her insecurity he tells her, “You have value. I need you.” Would she believe him? Do we?
 
Jesus then invites her into a new way of being. He calls it living water. It is poetic… it is genius. It takes the reality of her insecurity as it is evident in her having to go to the well… and he solves it. But not with a bucket… he doesn’t have one of those. But he invites her to lose her insecurities in him… to be filled by him.
 
Into her insecurity he tells her, “I have all that you need. Will you look to me?” Will we?
 
When our insecurities assail us, let us pause and look for Jesus waiting for us at the well. Let us begin to look and listen to him. Let us be filled with living water.
 
Living God, you know our insecurities. You know the things and people and situations we worry about. We also know that you have stepped into our lives, that you meet us here. Open our ears that we might begin to hear you. Let us begin to know that you choose us, you value us, you love us. Then fill us with the living water of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.