A fistful of stories
John 4: 39-42 (NRSVA)
39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’
So far I have compared this encounter between Jesus and ‘the woman at the well’ to a romcom and an indie flick. I would now like to open the genre comparisons wider — paying attention to the bit in verse 40 where it says Jesus stayed in the village for two days. What happened over that time? Well many more believed because of his word. But we are not given a lot of information.
How did those conversations go? More culture clash? More sudden reveals? One can imagine comedies, dramas, mysteries, even thrillers — as people came to terms with this enigmatic stranger turning their world upside down… I invite you to take some time to imagine how some of these other conversations could have gone. After the woman at the well was there a man at the market? A boy at the barn door? A girl at the gate?
Director above all directors,
thank you for having the vision
calling the shots
coaching the best performances out of us,
taking us on an unforgettable journey.
The Transforming Drink: Make time every day this week to thank God for a drink, whether a blessed cuppa, a cool water or a glass or two in celebration. Think about how Jesus lived a human life and regularly had to drink just like us. Give thanks for the drinks you have.