Their voices in the prison are beginning to rise in praise to Him. It is still new for some but the light is beginning to spread and His heart is beginning to beat within these walls. Entering into His presence is such a deep desire for these women as they are coming seeking, hungry, and thirsty.
A skit was shared with the ladies of a woman’s life from early child hood where she was constantly seeking out approval and wanting to find love – unconditional love. She starts out at a ball park hitting the ball, running, scoring, and afterwards getting awards when she did good but not when she missed the ball and didn’t score there was no love or awards. Later she comes to a place where her boyfriend tells her he will love her if she will provide for him in ways she doesn’t want to. Shamefully she gives herself away in hopes of finding the love she so longs for only to find that this didn’t make him love her more but adds to her guilt and shame. Than she hears about this Jesus. A Jesus who says come as you are to me and I will love you always and forever and take all your pain away. Should she trust him? Does she need to perform to earn his love too like she did before in the ballpark or with her boyfriend? How will she know His love will not change or leave her? Can she trust him? Than the song begins to come from her lips, “Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. Jesus loves me!” as she is surrendered to the feet of Jesus and wrapped in his arms.
We entered the gates this time without our water bottles as we were told we couldn’t take them in for some unknown reason but we had always been able to take them in before so I took mine in to ask the officers at control if we could. We were able to get permission to take this bottle in and let our speaker use it. Little did we know the importance this would play in our connecting to the message that He had planned by our not having water to drink.
Our speaker began speaking of a girl who was trying to fill a void in her life that had been left from abuse and shame. This young girl was thirsting yet she didn’t even know what she was thirsting for. Why she felt empty and kept seeking something or someone to fill this void in her life. This girl was empty and wanted to feel happy and loved and was turning to things this world had to offer and it didn’t fill her up but left more scars and shame. We turned to scripture and where there was a lady who was coming in the heat of the day to the well to fill her clay jar with water. The heat of the day was the only time she could come to avoid meeting others as she was a scorned and stained woman. We turn to in scripture to where Jesus is and how it says He needed to go through Samaria. Needed? He needed to go? See Jesus knew who would be at the well at this time of the day. This wasn’t on his route and was out of his way. Jews aren’t to communicate with Samaritans nor were women allowed to speak to men in public but Jesus NEEDED to go here because HE HAD A PLAN. There we see the heat of the day, the dust of the desert, and this lowly scorned woman approaching the well to seek water for her thirst. Jesus asks her for water yet she sees he has NOTHING to draw water with. He tells her that He has LIVING WATER to give to her so she will no longer thirst. Does she trust this man and believe his words? He than tells her who she is and reveals her life of sin and yet He isn’t running from her and still sits there speaking to her. She comes to see He is her savior and is the ONE who can fill that empty spot in her and is the one who will completely heal her life of shame, cleanse her from all unrighteousness. She runs to tell others, not the women but the men who have been her lifeline so far. The ones she has been in touch with in so many negative ways. She tells them about this savior who knows her and gives her life everlasting.
Here sit women with many empty jars having sought a number of things in hopes of filling that emptiness and seeking love unconditionally whether it was drugs, alcohol, money, relationships etc. Here is the ONE answer for each of them. JESUS loves them and offered HIS life freely to them.
Many came and received prayer. Some are leaving these prison cells and are seeking Him to hold them and carry them as they leave and go forth. Some were sick and needing healing. Some were just hungry and want to be able to rest in HIS will and plan. Some came to seek forgiveness. We know that Jesus touched each lady that came seeking HIM in a personal way. He rebuilds, renews, and restores the hearts.
Why did Jesus come to their well, our well? Why did He choose to meet us there in the heat of the day?
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.