‘The woman said: I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us. Then Jesus declared: ‘I who speak to you am He’…Then leaving the water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people: ‘Come and see a Man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (Jn 4:25-29)
She was a simple woman but she was waiting for the greatest teacher, the one who knows all things. She was like an illiterate woman, too poor to go to school, but desiring to be a student in the best university in the world, somewhere abroad, if possible…
She had small strength but big dreams. She desired to meet God’s messenger, the One who will explain to her the mystery of the universe in simple words she could not understand. She wanted to submit to and believe in a Prophetic Royal Heavenly Teacher. She needed answers to the tragedy of sin in her life. She was seeking for grace long before she knew its name… She needed a miracle money cannot buy and men cannot steal…
Because of her hope of glory, the people around despised her and none was willing to waste time in teaching a woman like her. Since she was a little girl, she had beautiful dreams, that one day she will be a princess, dressed in white. The handsome prince will come and marry her…Years passed…Suffering replaced the songs… Life was not fair to her. She now had to do the things she once hated. The candle of hope was all but quenched. She tried to find romance in a place where women only cook and clean. She tried to find a man who loves her, but the more she searched the less she found him. The dream fainted… it was almost dead… Until this hot day, tasting the dust of Samaria, where nothing special ever happens…she was surprised by a stranger, at the well…
Jesus looked in her eyes and introduced Himself. “I am He! I am the Messiah!” I am the One you are waiting for…the One who planted the impossible dreams… the One who will explain to you everything…and help you live, truly live…the One who loves you just as you are… The Gardner who is ready to plant in your heart, the seed of love and the bloom of romance…Awake, My love, awake…”
Just imagine the moment! That unexpected moment… her very Hope…the dearest and the best staring at her…face to face with the Messiah…not properly dressed…nowhere to hide…make up running down on her face… holding an old, rusty bucket in her hand…she forgets all things, she forgets the rehearsed speeches and runs…runs away from the Prince, to men like her, hungry and lost like her… to tell them: ’Can this be the Messiah?’
What the philosophers could not accept; what the religious leaders refused to believe; what King Herod mocked at and the high priest rejected…this lonely poor woman receives… the gift from above, coming free of sorrows…the gift of intoxicating grace and ever new mercy, from the pierced hands of the Anointed One, the Christ! Oh… the mystery of this godliness!
‘If you knew the gift of God and who is He who asks you for a drink…’ (Jn 4:10)
(In the picture, me, by a fountain in Los Angeles, in 2010)


  1. Mary Ann says:

    What a powerful message Silvia!
    I love how you captured the beauty of redemption for any who will open their hearts and partake..

    • Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

      May our hearts remain open and warm under the sun of the righteousness that raises with healing in its wings!

  2. Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

    If you see any good thing in me, please give God all the glory! Thank you Mary Ann for your kind words!

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