To Know Thirst
We Westerners rarely die of thirst. But unlike food, water also does not easily serve as an addiction. So, in typical Western fashion, we take it for granted. (No, by water I don’t mean coffee, tea, or soda or even flavored water drinks. Yes, they all have a lot of water in them, but so does shampoo…)
Most of us know mild thirst. We know what it feels like to get a little desperate for water. What we often forget, though, is that water needs to be consumed more by the following groups:
Overweight (most of us)
Anyone with a salty diet (most of us)
Anyone who consumes alcohol, coffee, chocolate, soda or tea on a regular basis (most of us)
Chronic fatigue, asthma, joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other health problems can be helped if not cured by water. I know this from my own experience with fatigue and sleeplessness. Water is God’s gift to us, a constant reminder of his provision and an enormous medical resource for those of us who live in developed countries.
For the people who have known true thirst, like many people in developing nations and people with dehydrating diseases here in the ‘burbs, water becomes an obsession. It can happen to anyone, just add a little E. Coli or a dried up community well: conversation, hopes, dreams all become…water.
Perhaps that is why, to a desert people in constant need of fresh water sources, God said, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.” We might take him seriously, but we also need to take him literally.
Have you known thirst? What was your experience like?
Do you think you need to be drinking more water?