As I am lying on the couch, I am trying to decide which best describes my current state: limp noodle, wet blanket, or death warmed over. Well, maybe it’s a bit of all three. One thing I do know – I am bored! A person (at least, this person) can only stand to watch so much tv or to read for so long! My mind begins to wander and as so often happens, an idea for a blog post and lesson comes to me. (Who knew that vomiting and diarrhea could be inspiring??)
As a former nurse, I am well aware that patients who experience ongoing vomiting and diarrhea can quickly become dehydrated. A simple test is to gently pinch the skin on the back of the hand. If the skin quickly and smoothly “rebounds”, the patient is usually not dehydrated. However, if the “pinch” of skin remains or goes down very slowly, the person is probably very dehydrated. When this happens, the doctor often orders “Push Fluids”, meaning that the patient is to be encouraged to increase the frequency and quantity of drinking fluids. (And if the person is unable or unwilling to drink, a lovely I.V. is inserted – so pass the straw please!)
Since the digestive system has undergone some stress, the fluids are usually ordered as being “Clear”, meaning that you can see the bottom of the cup or glass while the fluid is in it.
So here I am, Day 2 of chamomile tea, red Jello, popsicles and diluted berry juice. And all I am craving is a big order of salty French fries!!
Just as our physical bodies can become dehydrated, so too can our spiritual life. Sometimes “doo-doo” happens in our life and we are left feeling drained, weak and tired. When this happens, we need to re-hydrate ourselves. We need to re-fill our spiritual water tanks with “fountains of living water”. Jesus tells us that he is that fountain. He invites us to drink of his clear, living water.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.
Joh 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
So if life has left you feeling “pinched” and dehydrated, go to the fountain of Jesus and drink deeply of his clear, living water. Remember – Push Fluids!
Joh 7:38 He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
(and you don’t even have to sit on “the great white throne”!)
Rev 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.