DAY 21

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

John 4:27-30

What's also pretty interesting is the fact that she goes and tells people: "Come meet the man who told me everything I’ve ever done". I think it's intentional by the writer to mention that — to this woman, her life up until that point had been defined by her mistakes. "All I've ever done" to her was what Jesus said about her past. How many of us think our lives are defined by that mistake we made, that thing we did, that place we went? Yet Jesus comes and eradicates all of it.

I find rest hope and courage in that. It’s crazy how effective she was at witnessing with no formal theological training. I love that because it lets me know that I don’t have to “know it all” to be effective at sharing Jesus. She wasn’t even sure who He was, but she was sure that He was unlike any man she’d ever met. The progression in the story is fascinating. She goes from a lonely woman with a questionable lifestyle to a passionate evangelist after one encounter with Jesus.