“God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.” Psalm 63:1
Every now and then I hear a news report about someone on vacation who went on a hike in the desert and suffered a heat stroke. They were unprepared for the intense heat of the Arizona sun and either didn’t hydrate enough before leaving or misjudged the amount of water to take on the journey, which could be a gallon or two.
My son went for a hike in the Grand Canyon, and on his way out, his water filtration system failed to give him the amount of water he needed. He began to have symptoms of simple to moderate dehydration–thirst, loss of appetite, dry skin, dry mouth, light headedness, fatigue and disorientation. Fortunately, his partner helped him out of the canyon.
The Psalmist related his trust in God as a desperate thirst that he couldn’t get enough of. When you walk with God through your daily life, you should feel his presence, like the heat of the sun warming your back. The next time you become a bit thirsty, take a drink of water and think about how God is the life-giving water through his son, Jesus, the Christ.
Dear Lord, give us thirst to seek you out above all things. Amen.