After a date night on Friday Night I woke up Saturday morning with a blaring headache. It was my own fault for sure, because I had managed to down what may have been the world’s biggest supply of salty popcorn on my date and I was now dehydrated. It was morning and I was tired but I realised I would have to do something to take this pain away, the choices being to either take a Panadol for some temporary relief or deal with the issue and drink a heap of water.
We can actually become spiritually dehydrated too, and symptoms of our spiritual dehydration can leave us with a similar choice- do we temporarily take the pain away with a quick fix or do we deal with the cause of the issue. Symptoms are actually very helpful if we dont ignore them, symptoms are a warning to us about something we need to address for our greater good, and with Spiritual dehydration it is disconnection from God that is the real issue. This may manifest in simply being weaker spiritually in our battle against ‘fleshly’ things, but as it continues the symptoms rapidly increase. Jesus describes himself as the “living water” (John 4:10) and uses metaphors like “the vine and the branches” (John 15:5) to remind us that He is the only one who can quench a spiritual thirst and we need to stay tapped into this source or we will run dry. Running low in our spiritual reservoir may not always be as blaringly obvious as a blinding headache but it is a far cry from being filled to overflowing, and leaves a lot to be desired.
Dehydration is serious and needs to be addressed quickly and effectively, so I challenge you now, take a big full drink of the living water, be filled to overflowing and enjoy the joy, peace and strength that comes with being spiritually full, not just spiritually satisfied.