John 4 Jesus “had” go through Samaria, not because of expediency but because His Father had ordained a divine opportunity to meet the Samaritan woman. As she and Jesus interacted, He revealed, as she said later: “who told me everything I ever did.” Leaving her water pot at the well, she told the city residents, and they, too, came to believe; “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.” [Jn 4:42]
How often does another believe because they heard our testimony, and then they meet Jesus, and they, too, believe? She planted the first seed, then it took root and became strong.
This story, with its step-by-step detail, offers us the pattern. First, once we meet Jesus, we are to “go and tell.” Secondly, when another meets Jesus, they too can offer praise for their changed heart.
God divinely orchestrates our meetings. God open my eyes and my mouth to proclaim the truth that others may come to believe in Jesus as I do. Truly the drink of living water changed not just one heart but many.
Jesus had to go through Samaria, where do I have to go today to meet another who needs life-changing water?