This summer as I was preparing to teach a homemaking class at our co-op, I came across a statistic regarding how much water men and women should be drinking a day. It stated that men should have about 13 glasses and women 9. I had always heard growing up to have 8-8oz glasses a day and thought I probably did that without even trying. However, as school began this year I decided to make a conscious effort to drink my “allotted” water intake. So I filled a pitcher up each day and tried to have it drunk by the time evening came. What I discovered was that my body had been craving water more than I realized. While I typically only drink water daily, occasionally I splurge and substitute “good” things for my water (i.e. green tea, vegetable juice, Powerade, etc.) However, when it comes right down to it my body thirsts for water. This was discovered as I began to drink more water, I would wake in the morning not craving my coffee, but more water!!
Why do I share all of this? It is because my theme for this year’s 31-day writing challenge is Spring of Life. As I began the school year, I was also concluding my New Testament reading for the year and the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to this verse:
“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life.”
This idea of water as a gift coming directly from Christ Himself has been resonating with me ever since. I can’t seem to pull away from this spring of life and the potential it has for me grasping fully what it means and what it entails. Since I began being more intentional in satisfying my physical body’s thirst, my spiritual body has been crying out as well.
We can try to substitute various things to quench our souls thirst (church work, good parenting, good wife, daughter, co-worker, friend, “me” time), but the reality is our soul is slowly drying up without us even realizing it. Therefore, I am inviting you to join me this month in exploring this idea of water as a gift from Christ Himself, the Spring of Life.
My craving for tea and coffee has returned over the last two months. However, the taste and satisfaction I enjoy from my tea and coffee is so much more since my body has already been satisfied with the one thing it truly needs.
I have a hunch that as we receive more fully Christ’s gift of water into our souls and we step deeper into the Spring of Life, our souls will begin to overflow from our hearts enabling us to be available to partake more joyfully in the “good things” we tried to do with a dried up soul.