Wednesday, October 1, 2014

H 2 O - HE 2 Our souls!

“As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:1-2a

During the summer, my daughter and I planted an area in front of our home with nothing but succulents. Recently I asked the gardener from our Home Owner's Association to take off the cap on the sprinklers right next to the area where we planted. The gentlemen said, “You are only going to get 5 minutes of watering once a week - it is not going to make much of a difference to the plants and besides succulents don’t need much watering.” I responded by saying, “I’ll take the 5 minutes.”

Since then, even with the little amount of watering once a week, my succulents have transformed to become richer in color and healthier looking.  Before this time, I was watering the desert plants only once a month – and they looked okay - but now they look beautiful! Water is crucial to all life  - even the most hardy desert plants need water.

Water is also one of the most essential elements to health. Here are some statistics about water that I enjoyed learning about:

     -  Water makes up 2/3 of human body weight.
     -  Without water, we would die in just a few days.
     -  The human brain is made up of 95% water,   
        blood is 82% and the lungs is 90%.
     -  Just 2% drop in our body’s water supply can   
        trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term  
        memory, difficulty focusing.
     -  Statistics have shown that when the body is well 
        hydrated with pure drinking water, blood 
        circulation is expanded and the immune system   
        can reach and cleanse even mutated cancer cells.

Looking at how rich and beautiful my plants have become with just a little water once a week, made me think of water in a spiritual way.  In John 4:13-14 when Jesus sees a woman getting water at the well, He says this to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

“Many spiritual functions parallel physical functions. As our body’s hunger and thirst, so do our souls. But our souls need spiritual food and water. The woman at the well confused the two kinds of water, perhaps because no one had ever talked with her about her spiritual hunger and thirst before. We would not think of depriving our bodies of food and water when they hunger or thirst. Why then should we deprive our souls? The living, Word, Jesus Christ, and the written Word, the Bible, can satisfy our hungry and thirsty souls.” Commentary

Even the smallest amount of water can facilitate the life in a living object. Similarly, reading God’s Word, even if it is 5 minutes a day can quench and give life to our thirsty souls!

When we find ourselves extremely busy and can only take 5 minutes to study the Living Word – TAKE IT!

"...He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

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