During the flood of
Cars queued at fire stations for gallon jugs of water, and some of us (me!) washed clothes in three surrounding counties. Shampooing hair and washing hands required extreme conservation. And of course, we all wanted to drink more water than usual.
Have you experienced unquenchable thirst when water is unavailable? Maybe it’s temporarily turned off for plumbing repairs, or perhaps you received the “No food or drink after midnight” order prior to medical tests. The life-sustaining liquid seems to consume one’s thoughts when there is none.
Nothing will satisfy like water when we desire or need it.
However, sometimes when we need water, we don’t realize it. By the time we sense thirst, our bodies are already becoming dehydrated. Consistent intake of H2O enhances general health and system functions.
Just as drinking water throughout the day hydrates our physical bodies, ongoing communication with God keeps us spiritually in tune with Him. When we neglect to talk and listen to Him, our hearts and minds don’t function well.
Even quick prayers spoken in the middle of activity focus our attention on the One who longs to communicate with us.
Spending time with my heavenly Father in Bible study and prayer is my favorite way to start the day. However, I want my longing to be like that of the psalmist in the following verse:
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so pants my soul for You, O God.Psalm 42:1
Do you have that level of desire for Him? Or like me, do you sometimes let too much time slip by when your sole focus is work, problems, a current interest, or social media posts?
With physical thirst, we may experience a dry mouth and mental fog. Without regular conversations with God, we may become anxious, impatient, or forget that He is with us.
Keeping the line of communication open between our heart and God’s sharpens our focus on His truth and allows us to appropriate the blessings He offers. In prayer, we can praise God and rejoice in His presence, in addition to offering our requests.
He may guide us toward the right decision or calm our fretful heart. He may convict us of sin so that we can confess it and receive forgiveness. He may remind us of His great love for us or the truth of a Bible verse we need.
My plan for drinking enough water for optimum health is to fill a quart container to drink before lunch. Then I add another quart of water for the afternoon and evening. This practice reminds me to take care of my physical health.
Frequent talks with God foster spiritual health. What prompts you to talk with God throughout the day? Do you plan specific times or have visual reminders? Would a prayer notebook or Scripture cards help? Playing hymns or praise songs at home or in the car draws our attention upward.
Twenty-five years ago, the flood of 1994 demonstrated our desperate need for the precious gift of water. Relationship with Christ Jesus offers daily refreshment through times of prayer. Are you thirsty for a deeper relationship with Him?