Today, the 19th day of July, was a HOT day in North Carolina. Yea, we are in the core of summer and it is good and hot. And humid! This Phoenix native is used to the heat but no matter how many years I live here, I cannot acclimate to the humidity. It robs me of the moisture I desperately require. So what do I do? I replenish. A nice cold glass of water on a hot summer day is truly a cherished thing of beauty. Add in some fresh fruit, lemon or cucumber slices and you’ve really hit the hydration jackpot.
But what happens on these smokin hot days when we don’t replenish? We get thirsty. Mouth dry, throat burning, can’t swallow kind of thirst if you let it go for too long. As a runner, I know how bad “thirsty” can really feel. Not interested! So, I’ve learned to always carry water with me. In fact, it’s rare that you will ever see me without a tumbler in hand or nearby. Call it my adult “blankie” if you will. Lol. Why? I don’t like the feeling of being thirsty.
So when I read scriptures like Psalm 63:1, it just hits different. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” I get it, I really do. We want to maintain a healthy "thirst" if you will, for the Lord. We want to long for Him and earnestly seek Him. We are "in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” But he has given us a tumbler! The Bible.
God's Word is our handbook to life, our reminder when we forget, our encouragement when we are down, our clarity when we're confused, our joy when troubles surround us, our comfort when we're upset, our reasoning when nothing makes sense and our lifeline when we want to quit. God’s Word is all of this and SO much more!
Let's vow to treasure it, safeguard it and ingest it every single day! We will never go thirsty again!