The song comes from a sermon that Mark Hall shared with his teenager students about the Samaritan woman at the well. He explained to New Release Tuesday how the account of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman from John 4 inspired this song: "When Jesus met the woman at the well, he talked to her about spiritual water, symbolic of eternal life in him. She did what lost people do. She related everything to the physical, to the here and now. When he offered living water, she hoped he meant providing her a shortcut to the daily chore of drawing water, and she likely was a little cynical in her response. Jesus said, 'I'll give you water and you'll never thirst again.' The Samaritan woman was like, 'Oh, yeah? Well, give me some of that water so I won't have to come back to this well anymore.'This woman thought she was standing by a well and talking to a man, but really she was standing by a hole in the ground and talking to the Well.
We're all like this woman. We come to Jesus and we think we already have our wells that sustain us. Our wells are called control or power or approval or talent or even entitlement. When we already have what we think is going to fulfill us, we usually just come to Jesus only to ask him to sprinkle blessings on our thing so our thing will work even better. But Jesus isn't life enhancement. Jesus is life. All he asks is that we take what we think are our wells, realize that they are nothing but dry holes in the ground, and leave it all behind. He asks us to come to the one true Well."