Friday Fictioneers – “Zao”


We found the man crumpled in the sand. After days of stumbling across the desert, his eyes were dim from sun blindness, his skin parched and peeling.

“Let me help you,” I said, offering my flask. “Let me tell you about Jesus. Drink His water and you’ll never thirst again…”

The man flung the precious flask to the ground . “I don’t need your water… or your Savior!” he spat. And, as we watched in horror, he took off across the blazing dunes, determined to follow his own blind path.

We wept – Jesus and I – as we watched him go.



The Greek word “zao” means “to have abundant life,” and is the word Jesus used when He told the Samaritan woman that she could have Living Water (John 4:14).


Photo Credit:  Madison Woods, used with permission


7 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – “Zao”

  1. Sadly enough, some people are so filled with hate and hurt they turn love away repeatedly. It’s very sad. We can only hope and pray that they’ll be helped before it’s too late. I try never to judge. Only God knows theirs hearts and minds. Good, though sad, story with a lesson for us all. — Suzanne

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