I am addicted to water. I often get so thirsty that I can’t think, can’t focus, and my body starts to react. My mouth gets really dry and my head starts to pound and right then and there, I know instantly what the cure is. Water.
This, to me, very tangibly relates to my relationship with God. My lifestyle is a testimony of my thirst. I get addicted to the Bible and could pray for hours without hesitation. The more I drink from the smooth and life giving words, the more I crave it and the more I live from it.
Sometimes I forget. Life gets really busy, my schedule gets destroyed, and my groove is officially thrown off. I forget my closeness with the Lord and feel like poo. Nothing makes sense at this time. Without my water, my head starts to hurt and my thoughts turn into clutter, my sides ache and I become lazy, and my mouth goes dry from the drought. I need my water. Without it, I become distracted and wonder why life seems so un-right and dry.
I need water to survive.
I must seek and drink from heaven’s unending downpour and overflow of rain. This overflow comes from the Bible, yes, but I also think it comes from resting with the Lord and resting right.
To me, rest means peace and trust. Without these two things, anxiety and stress are prevalent in my mind, and it drives me a little nuts.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. It’s the times of heavy lifting that make me the most anxious. When the burdens of life fall off my back, I pick up the load and head out on the journey, forgetting that I’ll get really thirsty along the way. These are the times when I need water the most.
Through seasons of acceleration, your daily dose of water isn’t enough to sustain. I’m in the wake of that kind of season, working harder and feeling a constant throb in my head and pain in my sides. I need to up my intake.
When you’re burnt out, drained, and facing your season of drought, ask yourself, “Have I had enough water?”