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What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019


Have you ever seen the movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life. He has to choose between his family and himself. The guilt that he must feel!

Guilt is a terrible feeling and most times the guilt we feel is not on us, and by that I mean, it's not our fault. We can feel guilt about a lot of things, issues that may be going on in our lives, choices that we made, people that we have allowed in our lives, having to carry the weight of your family on your shoulders, there are so many reasons to feel guilty. We may even feel guilty about things that people have said to us or even done to us, feeling that it was our fault and we "asked for it."

The woman at the well experienced this type of guilt. She felt guilty about her circumstances, which is why she went to the well at the time of day that she went. "Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” John 4.4-7

She went when the sun was high and no one would be at the well, she obviously didn't want to be seen. I can imagine that since her life was an open book that the women in the village would have discussions about her at the well during the normal water drawing hours which was usually before the sun was high. I'm sure she did not feel like dealing with the ridicule, she must have been embarrassed about her life, felt guilty because she had been dismissed not once, not twice but five times! "He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” John 4.16-18

She had been divorced FIVE times and in those days it was the men who initiated the divorce and the women had no say. Can you imagine the guilt she felt in not