Have you ever been so thirsty that you craved water? In a world filled with coffee, soda, and iced tea, we usually find other things to quench our thirst. But when you are really parched, really thirsty, water is what you want.
I remember mowing the grass one day and getting so thirsty all I could think about was having some water. I imagined how just one sip would make me feel much better. I shut off the mower, walked up to the house, and made a cup of ice water. I took one sip and instantly felt better but I couldn’t stop. I drank the whole thing and wanted more. I thought I needed water, and I did, but I was past needing a little water. I was dehydrated.
Often we find ourselves in a similar situation spiritually. We have filled ourselves with lots of things that mimic the living water, but they can’t satisfy in the same way. When we get a taste of the real thing, it refreshes us. And often, we find that we have neglected it so long we have allowed ourselves to become dehydrated.
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water. ~ Jeremiah 2:13
Right now, most of us find ourselves with limited personal interactions. We are spending a great deal of time alone or with our family. More time than usual. It truly gives us a grand opportunity to take a look at how we have been living our life.
I can only speak for myself here, but I venture to say that my experience is not uncommon – I am finding that when I evaluate how things had been going, I see how busy I had become. I was doing, and doing, and doing. I was doing all kinds of good things, but not all necessary or needful things.
So, for me at least, I am enjoying the reconnection with the Master of my soul. I am enjoying the slow and steady pace of living life focused on Christ and not meeting a demand, expectation, or desire. I am loving the time to evaluate my life and re-adjust where needed. How have I failed to minister to others? How can I improve? Who have I overlooked? Who can I reach out to?
I hope in the midst of uncertainty, fear, or stress, you find that you can do the same. Stop. Breathe. Focus on Christ. Review your life and make adjustments that will be with you long after social distancing is over.