Once upon a time, there was a young man named Jacob. His father was very ill and his mother was old and weary. One day, his father called him to his bedside and said to him, “Son, it is time for you to find a young woman for yourself. Go, and make the journey to your grandfather’s house and marry one of the young women from the village. May God the Almighty bless your marriage and give you many children so that you will become the father of many nations!”
And so Jacob left home and made the long and treacherous journey to his grandfather’s village. After a few days, he came upon a well out in the fields with flocks of sheep lying around it. There, he took his rest and spoke with the shepherds resting there. As they were speaking, a woman came to the well with her flocks. Jacob laid his eyes on her and was overwhelm. He has never seen such beauty. She looked at him and their eyes met. He got up and went towards the woman. He asked for her name. She said her name is Rachel. Rachel. The name echoed in his head. Immediately, he drew water from the well and watered her flocks. She was moved and for a long time they stared into each others eyes. Finally, he kissed her and overwhelmed with joy, he cried.
He asked if he could meet her father. He would like to ask for her hand in marriage. Rachel’s father agreed to offer his daughter in marriage to Jacob if he works for him for seven years. Jacob agreed. To him, the seven years passed by like a few days as he was so much in love with Rachel. He married Rachel and they lived happily ever after. At his deathbed, Jacob gave his son the only treasure that he values more than anything else in the world. The well where he met Rachel.
To this day, the well is known as the lover’s well and many Jacob has come to the well in the hope of finding their Rachel.
Many decades later, a woman was walking to Jacob’s well to draw water. At the well, she noticed a man, sitting there, resting, and apparently exhausted. She tried her best to go about her own business and hoping that the man would not disturb her. But he startled her and asked her for a drink. She said to him, puzzled, “I am a woman and you are a man, and we are from different races. Your kind wants nothing to do with mine. How can you ask me for a drink?”
The man then explained to her that he can give her a miracle water and whoever drinks the water shall never be thirsty again. As he spoke to her, she was drawn to him and her heart was overwhelmed with joy. She could not understand what this man was explaining to her but she felt contented listening to him. She thought of all the time she has come by the lover’s well in the hope of meeting ‘the one’. But none of them has loved her like she loved them. Many of them abandoned her and left her to drown in her heartache. She was abused and torn apart. She has been married 5 times and all of them have left her lonely and broken. She has almost given up on the hope of finding the one. But there was a yearning in her. An emptiness that could not be filled.
But here, is a man who seems to have captivated her heart. She has never felt like this before. He was different. Different from any other men she has ever met. He knew her. He knew her inside and out. He spoke to her in a manner that was so exciting, so scary and yet so gentle. He told her about her life and what she has done before. She asked if he was a prophet. What he told her then shook her and from that moment, it became clear to her why she has felt the stirring in her heart as he spoke to her. The emptiness in her was slowly fading away, replaced by a sense of completeness and joy. The yearning in her heart was gone. It was like she has found what she has been searching for her whole life.
She could not wait to tell others about this man and to bring them here to meet him. She could not wait to share with them the joy she has felt. Hastily, she ran back to her village and told the villagers and whoever willing to listen to her. She told the whole story and how her heart burns with love for this man. How he knew her through and through and how he was going to save them. How he has saved her. Saved her from her heartache and loneliness. They listened. The villagers listened and they believed.
From that day onwards, the woman no longer sit by Jacob’s well, wishing for someone to come and sweep her off her feet. She has found something better. Someone better. She has encountered a man who has saved her from her sorrow. She became an zealous advocate for this man. She found her reason to live again.
By the lover’s well, she has met her messiah, her saviour and her lover, Jesus.