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I’m so thirsty!
October 9, 2011, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Body, Environment, Mind, Spirit

My throat was dry this morning as if I actually had a night out enjoying some adult beverages. But not so. I even declined wine at home while watching Kung Fu Hustle (amazing movie by the way, which makes me want to study martial arts! I’m always off on some tangent, it seems. Why not?) I walked downstairs, reached in the freezer for a fistful of ice and poured cool delicious well water from the tap. I downed the first glass amazed at how it squelched the itch in my throat. I poured another and said Thanks.

This definitely seems overwhelmingly simple – enjoying a glass of water. Stupid, even, to people surrounded by clean water. It almost seems as if water is so obviously a good thing and one to be treasured that we don’t have to worry about it. It will always be there. It’s a given.

Really?

I wonder.

Athletes and exercise gurus will tell you when you feel thirst you are already past the point of being adequately hydrated. Your body now has to do some catch up and re-balancing. That thought struck me when my throat felt like sandpaper this morning. I thought I was drinking enough in previous days. Maybe it was all the salty pretzels last night?

But I think this saying about thirst rings true even in our spiritual lives. When we feel “thirsty” or in want of something it is a signal that we have not been filling ourselves with things that provide lasting spiritual (psychological or emotional) hydration. Jesus said, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4: 13-14 (umm the Bible.)

These words are profound for the believer and confusing or perhaps unrealistic to the unbeliever. But no matter what someone believes, you still offer them water to drink when they are thirsty, don’t you? Would you ever deny someone a glass of refreshing water if they asked for it and you had it to give?

I’m nervous about our physical drinking water. Please visit the Gasland movie Web site to learn more about the dangers threatening the Deleware River Basin – the LARGEST UNFILTERED WATER SUPPLY IN THE WORLD. Do the research yourself. I know there are so many things demanding our time and attention TODAY but do we really need to make an argument for protecting our local water reserves?

I mean, do we?

There are no simple solutions or answers… but becoming aware is a step in itself.

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