Have you ever been dehydrated? Not necessarily the feeling like “I’m a wee bit thirsty”. I’m talking about the kind of physical dehydration that causes symptoms like fatigue, irritability, headaches, and confusion.
Most of us can treat that kind of dehydration ourselves with water, electrolyte drinks, and rest – making sure we replenish and rebalance the fluids in our body so that we aren’t losing more than we take in. Once we are able to do that, our symptoms disappear and we feel re-energized and able to get back to the business of our lives.
But what happens when we find ourselves spiritually dehydrated? Like when we feel irritated by the needs of others when, normally, we wouldn’t have batted an eye when asked for help. Or when the everyday tasks we usually handle with ease become just a list of headache-inducing duties that cause us to feel resentment and discontent. Or when we lack the motivation to even lift open the cover of our Bible or devotional to drink in what God has waiting to pour into us.
Been there? Me too. How do we satisfy that thirst?
We go to meet Jesus.
The secret is to treat our dry spirits the same way we treat our parched bodies. We stop expending energy and find a place to rest. We fill up on what we need to repair and regroup. And in order to try to prevent it from happening more often, we learn from our experience. We remind ourselves the importance of noticing the signs of dehydration and treating our bodies when we spy the very first symptom.
Better yet, we act preventatively to keep ourselves in a state of satiation – we fill up continuously with just the right amount so the symptoms that accompany a deficit stay at bay.
We soak ourselves in the beauty and wisdom of scripture. We open the Bible and read over our favorite verses and let them speak to our spirits. We spend time at God’s feet meditating on those written words and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal their healing power over us. We ask Jesus to meet us where we are and we accept his invitation to give us time to rest in Him. We resolve to keep watch over our “spiritual dehydration symptoms” and ask the Holy Spirit to prompt us to action when we are tempted to ignore them, forgetting where that leads us.
Take inventory of your spiritual hydration level this week. Feeling a little “dry”? Carve out time to meet Jesus at the Well and at the Table. Bring your cup, sweet friends, and get ready for a long, cool drink of delicious Life.
He’ll be waiting for you there, I promise!
Following along with easy 2016? If so, here’s what you can do to stay hydrated this week (click the easy 2016 link to print up anything listed below):
- If you are reading Simply Tuesday along with us, try and finish it up this week! We’ll be headed onto Giddy Up, Eunice in July!
- Get out and display Week 3’s Note to Self! Remind yourself to stay hydrated! 😉
- Looking for an easy dinner option? This tomato tart is simply delish!!!! Click the link above and scroll down to Week 3’s menu card and recipe!
- Get your mindset right with our ALL TIME FAVE song by Rend Collective, “My Lighthouse” !
Have a great and easy week! See you back here next Monday for a few thoughts on THOUGHTS! 😉
Peace, love, and JOY!