Three cups of coffee…..and no water to drink since bedtime last night. It’s no wonder that I’ve given myself a dehydration induced headache by mid-morning….and there is not a quick fix. Dehydration takes time to remedy.
I’ve made this mistake before and probably will again. The lesson is simple: Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Know what your system needs, and act accordingly. It’s one thing to be create this situation while sitting at your desk. It is another thing to take on physical activity without preparation. If you wait until you are parched, you’ve probably waited too long. Unfortunately, we usually discover what we should have done after we didn’t do it.
My coffee induced headache serves as a parable for spiritual depletion and the need to replenish ourselves. Serving you wife, your family, your job….or anything for that matter can deplete your reserves. If you are constantly pouring yourself out, you require a regimen of filling yourself up — rehydrating, if you will. Every “mile” of serving takes something out of you. If you want to live and love faithfully for decades — marathon distance — you had better know how to consistently restore depleted resources. And preferably before you are in desperate need.
The lesson is clear. Don’t wait until you feel a headache and then begin your search for water.
Drink before you are thirsty.
“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” John 4:13-14