Surprisingly, Jesus did address her. In a period of much-needed solitude, Jesus cared more about this woman and her thirst for love and acceptance, instead of being focused on His own hunger and thirst.  He offered her a relationship of love and acceptance – which she so desperately longed for.

In the language of addiction, this is a pretty high-trigger situation – Hungry and Tired. It’s interesting to meditate on what I might have done in Jesus’ sandals. I’ve found that during my own times of H.A.L.T. triggers, my only goal is relief. I think I would have seen this woman as an obstacle to my goal. In the crankiness that comes from hunger and thirst, and the tiredness of walking for 3 ½ days, I would have been thinking, “Great! All I need is a little bit of alone time, and NOW here comes someone to bother me.” The only positive (for me) would have been that at least she could get me a drink of water from the well (John 4:11). It doesn’t specifically say this in the story, but I get the sense that the woman never does give Him the drink He asked for.

Somehow, Jesus is able to trust that God, His Father would meet His needs in His Father’s timing. This freed Jesus to love the people around Him without regard for His own well-being. Jesus was able to entrust Himself to God to determine when and how long He would suffer, believing that God, His Father would give the daily bread that He needed.

In my own episodes of H.A.L.T. triggers, I tend to set my sights on just trying to not give in to addictive behaviors. I am humbled and drawn by Jesus’ ability to continue to love others, despite being both hungry and tired. I want to be the kind of person who loves others, despite my own pain. I don’t want to just not “give in” but I want to passionately move towards the people in my life, trusting God to meet my needs in His timing as my Father.

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