This passage ...
This passage just blows my mind. Every. Single. Time.
You know - Jesus walked - way out of his way to have this conversation with this woman on this day; at least 40 miles. Probably more - because this was not Kansas - there were serious terrain issues to consider.
It's as if Jesus' phone buzzed and He said: "Oooh ... time to go meet that lady"
Ya know - Saul - who was to become the Apostle Paul - some say the greatest apostle who ever lived - or at least without whom Christianity would not be the same - was alive and well at this time.
Jesus did not go to see him. It just wasn't time to go see Saul-who-was-to-become-Paul.
So - Jesus not only walks a really long way to see this woman - but walks through a whole country of people who might have liked the Jews as much as the Jews generally liked them. Then He gets into one of the longest one-on-one conversations of His entire ministry. Oh yeah - and - she's basically a sex worker. And He proceeds to tell her point blank, in no uncertain terms who He is - and what His ministry means to her, her people, and the world. He ends this one-on-one with her with the words "I am the Messiah."
This is a real head-scratcher folks!
I mean - in John 3 - Jesus spends half as much time talking to Nicodemus - a famous teacher of that time.
We don't even have more than a sentence or two of conversation between Jesus and some of His disciples ... but Jesus lays it all out for this woman.
I'm sure she didn't have a list of reasons running lose in her mind regarding why God owed it to her to send His Son to her well to give her a drink of water. I'm sure she didn't imagine herself to be the kind that God's own Son would walk 40+ miles to see.
So - what was Jesus reason for doing this? Does He need one?
Quick question ... is there a reason you imagine Jesus can't use you? Or why He wouldn't show up at your "well" tomorrow?
What if He's already there - just waiting for you to say the same words this woman said on a hot dusty afternoon so long ago?
Actually - I'm pretty sure you are just who He's looking for.