A reoccurring bout of nausea recently landed me in a hospital bed hooked up to an intravenous flow of fluids. Brought on by the nausea or made worse by it, I was dehydrated.
"Your labs look good but you're very dehydrated, Mrs. Daruk."
My symptoms were concerning and seemed serious to me, but in that moment, my being there felt like such a waste of my family's time, effort, and money. Perhaps noticing the look of confusion on my face, the nurse said, "Dehydration can be life-threatening if left untreated."
By the time the first bag of fluid emptied, I nearly felt like a new woman.
How did I get so dehydrated? Surely I would've known. Surely there were signs.
Oh, there were, but I missed them. I knew I hadn't been drinking or eating a lot because of the nausea. My urine was darker than normal. I had been having headaches and feeling dizzy. I'd even lost weight. How many people, I wondered, are walking around everyday feeling awful simply needing water?
A recent conversation about this with my precious mother garnered another striking question. How many people are walking around with their souls in desperate need of life-giving water?
If we are not refilling our hearts and minds and daily washing in the water of the word of God, we run the risk of spiritual dehydration.
That too, can be life-threatening if left untreated.
So, what are some signs?
1. You've stopped reading your bible and praying.
2. You lack compassion for others.
3. Your joy & contentment have been replaced with anger.
Do any of these sound like you? Let's do a heart check today. Jesus said this to the woman at the well:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Drink today. Don't forget to drink everyday.
Let's go deep into the wells of unending, life-sustaining water and may ours souls be refreshed. Then, dear ones, lets offer that water to the one beside us. They may be dehydrated too.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.