If you’re not accustomed to drinking enough water throughout the day, you tend to not even be aware of the fact that you’re dehydrated. Oftentimes, people will confuse dehydration with hunger, so instead of reaching for water, they grab some food.
On the other hand, people who drink water constantly get thirsty more easily. They live in an awareness of their continual need for water.
Those who are chronically dehydrated usually do not realize their need for water until their bodies absolutely demand it due to excessive activity, extreme heat conditions, or sickness.
It’s not healthy to live this way, yet many Christians do this in their relationship with Jesus–they wait until they are in dire need instead of developing a thirst for Him. Our lives should be spent in pursuit of Jesus.
Just as drinking enough water throughout the day can seem unnatural when our bodies are not used to it, turning to Jesus and reading our Bibles takes intentional effort before we develop a thirst for Him. But once we train ourselves to seek Him and forsake the counterfeits that don’t satisfy, we will begin to realize our constant need–whether times are good or bad.
We as Christians don’t need bad circumstances and suffering to remind us to turn to Jesus (although they are a part of life). When we know Jesus, we know what it feels like to be filled up with His love and we know that we can do nothing on our own.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
(I love the last part of the above scripture–“When can I go and meet with God?” It’s like the author is just sitting, bouncing in his seat in expectation of hanging out with God like a child waiting for his dad to come home from work so they can play.)