Don’t Wait Until…

Don’t Wait Until…

Watering the vines is something I basically have to schedule. If its not on my ‘To Do’ list I may go days without watering; sometimes too many days. Time does fly doesn’t it? Watering the vines must become almost a habit. If I wait too long between watering, the plants will let me know. The branches become dull and limp. The leaves begin to shrivel. Its called stress. Really. Stress.

Most people do not drink enough water. It is generally recommended that you drink 64 ounces of water a day. That’s a 2 liter bottle. And no, soda doesn’t count even though it contains water. I try to drink that much each day. Its fairly easy for me because there is a water cooler in our office. Ask my secretary. I go out there often when I’m in the office and fill my solo cup. I do have a Yeti but I haven’t gotten in the habit of toting it everywhere I go like many do. Many people wait until they’re thirsty before they think to drink. Do you know what thirst is? Stress. That’s right. When you feel thirsty its the beginning of stress just like the leaves on a plant beginning to go limp are signs of stress. Thirst is the body’s way of saying “water me”! And if we pay attention to our bodies and drink some water, the feeling of thirst – the stress – goes away. We don’t feel thirsty anymore.

One of the symbols or metaphors for the Holy Spirit in Scripture is water. Jesus said “Out of the depths of those who believe will flow rivers of living water.” “By this he meant the Holy Spirit whom those who believed in him would (later) receive.” – john 7:38-39. There is a spiritual thirst that happens to us. The Psalm (42) says “As the deer pants for water so my soul thirsts / pants for You O LORD.” This thirst of the soul saps us of our strength, peace and understanding. I’ve known people who became sick; feeling weak and lethargic, achy and confused. When they sought medical care they were told they were dehydrated. Perhaps it was due to some other illness and in the process they didn’t drink enough. Sometimes we just don’t feel like drinking do we? Stuff happens. You gotta drink water. Jesus told one woman that whoever would drink the water he gives would never thirst. (John 4:13) But you gotta drink!

The key is learning to drink before you feel thirsty. Drinking shouldn’t just be a response to thirst. Fact is thirst is our body’s response to not drinking. In the same way our “drinking in the Spirit” – the Water Jesus gives – shouldn’t only be our response to those times of crisis or spiritual dryness.

So that begs some questions doesn’t it? More next week…

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