In the world of addiction and recovery, there is an acronym that is used to help identify triggers: Hungry Angry Lonely Tired (H.A.L.T.) and can be helpful in preventing relapses and overcoming addictive behaviors. Scripture tells us specifically that Jesus experienced all four of these emotions. It’s interesting to note how he handled them.

Now the next day, as they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. -- Mark 11:12

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. -- Matthew 4:1-2

After looking around at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored -- Mark 3:5

But as the man went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote [lonely (NIV)] places. Still they kept coming to him from everywhere. -- Mark 1:45

But he had to pass through Samaria.  Now he came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. -- John 4:4-6

It’s no surprise that Jesus was tired. He was on His way back home to Nazareth from Jerusalem, a journey that would take about 7 days of travel by foot. At least 2 weeks before (maybe longer) He said goodbye to His family, and started the 7 day journey south to Jerusalem to celebrate the week-long feast of Passover. He was now on His way north back home, passing through the Samaritan town of Sychar.

Not only was Jesus tired, but He was also hungry (John 4:31-33) and thirsty (John 4:7). I wonder if He sent the disciples into town to get food and supplies (John 4:8) because He really wanted some alone-time to unwind. I imagine the chance of anyone coming by the well during the day was pretty slim, as most women came to socialize and draw water early in the morning and then just before sundown, when it was cooler.

As Jesus was resting, someone came to draw water: a Samaritan woman. I imagine that this woman was disappointed to see someone sitting by the well, as she chose the hottest period of the day, hoping to avoid having to interact with anyone. Her only relief was the fact that he was a man, so she knew that he would not address her in public (John 4:27). It appears that she might have been the local town gossip, looked down upon by most folks in the nearby village. She had been divorced and rejected by 4 previous husbands, and had pretty much given up on the idea of marriage, because she was living with a man who was not her husband and probably just using her (John 4:17-18). She seemed to be a woman thirsty for love and acceptance, but all of her attempts to gain that love had failed.

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