Make it a Double

I call it my $400 glass of water. When I first moved to this high desert, I didn’t know anything about dehydration. That first year I experienced fatigue, dizziness, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and low blood pressure. I thought maybe I just needed more sleep, less stress, more food, or some sort of heart medication. Finally one day, I ended up in the emergency room where I was given water, instructions on how to prevent dehydration, and a $400 bill. So now I’m diligent to keep a glass filled by the sink, but even so, I have to remind myself it’s not enough to have the water sitting there, I have to actually drink it.
I’m unaware of my spiritual dehydration sometimes, too. The symptoms are there- confusion, heart issues, anxiety- I think I need less stress, more answers, problems fixed, or for you to just go away (don’t take it personally). But Jesus said,
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me. The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” (John 7:37)
The Bible says Jesus stood and spoke this in a loud voice.
Thank God He speaks loud enough to be heard above the voices in my head, frantically running the numbers, scrambling for answers, saying “Too much to do! You don’t have time for this!” But Jesus stands above it all, holding out an ice-cold glass of the Way, the Truth, and the Life- which, if I’d just stop the frenetic search for a way out, a true solution, and an easier life- I might discover the real Pause that Refreshes covers it all. He did the hard work, all I need to do is open and swallow. It’s sure beats a trip to the emergency room for heart trouble.
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen and you will find life.” Isaiah 55:1-3
Now if I’ll just remember that a Bible on the sink is not the same as a drink…

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