It’s not even summer yet but the temperatures have been heating up here in Arkansas. After spending time dotting in and out of stores only to reenter my sun-bathed car on Saturday afternoon, I longed for a nice cool drink preferable a coke. As much as I love coca cola, there are times it just doesn’t hit the spot. Instead my body finds refreshment through a tall glass of cold H20 only.
There are many substitutes I could use to quench my thirst but water in its simplest and purest form does it best without all the additives. We are all acquainted with physical thirst but are we attuned to how our souls cry out to be filled? It’s the thirsts of our souls that leads us along many trivial pursuits searching for answers, love, belonging, acceptance, balance, and/or wisdom. In our quest to fill the emptiness we each choose different substitutes to silence the cry of our souls. Some chose careers, others chose families, but other chose drugs or food or relationships. The choices are endless but the end result is the same—parched souls.
As the dear pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalms 42:1-2 (NIV)
Parched souls live dusty lives. The dust of our lives clouds out the beauty of the given day. I don’t want the light of His goodness toward me to be dimmed by the dust of grumblings, complaints, weariness, or negativity.
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1 (ESV)
Rather let me be replenished by the water of His presence that I may be like a well-watered garden yielding precious fruit in my proper season. Our natural bodies do not function well without enough water and one can actually die in the absence of water for too long. Just as dehydration is deadly to our physical bodies, dehydrated souls causes death to our livelihood, creativity, and passion.
Is your soul thirsty? What sources have you been drinking from in your attempt to satiate your soul?
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