So this past week and a half has been crazy--oh who am I kidding? Life can get crazy, can't it? But, the last few days especially have seen a lack in sleep on my part. To compensate, I've upped the caffeine. Coffee, cola, Monster...all perfectly natural and the way God intended. (You hear my sarcasm, I am sure)
Was it any surprise then, come yesterday, that my body felt horrible? Even my lower back, directly over my kidneys, hurt. It hit me then, with my body in pain, that I hadn't had a drop of water in days. I'd survived on other liquids, high in caffeine, and my body was crying out for water. I loaded up a 30oz. water bottle and started drinking. The remainder of the day I touched nothing but water and by evening I felt immensely better--physically at least. It was then I realized...not only had I not been drinking my water from the tap (no laughing, those of you who know me know! Yes, it was filtered) but I also had missed out on the Living Water that fills my soul. Just as my physical body was crying out to be hydrated, my very soul was too.
It's times like this that I stop and simply marvel. God is amazing, isn't He? He creates nothing by mistake. He is an author, He draws all sorts of parallels and weaves in analogies for us. Some subtle, some vibrant, and all on purpose. There is a reason our physical body craves water, and a reason He calls himself Living Water. Our souls need Him. They are thirsty for Him. We can drink lots of substitutes to try and fill His spot, but we will ultimately reach a point where our soul hurts for Him. He is all that can fill the need within us.
Just as I filled up my water bottle, I realized I needed to sit and take a long drink of Him. I began by spending moments in prayer, then cracked open my Bible and allowed Him to pour His Word into me. His very presence saturated my soul. And you know what? As He filled all the dry places, I began to thirst for more of Him.
What about you? Are you thirsty for Him? Know this. His Water will never run dry. No matter how big your thirst is, He is bigger. Cry out to Him. He's ready to shower you with His presence, and your life will never be the same.