Endurance for the Journey, Featured
O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
PSALM 63:1 (NIV)
When we get thirsty, we simply throw cold liquid down the hatch and presto! We’re not thirsty anymore. The body, however, thinks of thirst in a much different way. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain primarily responsible for monitoring the body’s level of water, sensing an increased concentration of salt in the bloodstream.
Our soul experiences its own kind of thirst. Those deep, inner longings we feel are simply the soul signaling to us that it needs something – comfort, affirmation, love. Our soul was designed to consume one thing, and one thing only: God (v.1).
All other earthly pursuits to quench our thirst do just the opposite. The things we think will quench our thirst are simply laden with more “salt” of self-doubt, covetousness and pride. Only God is pure, clean and deeply satisfying to our soul. Only God meets every need. Only God ends the hopeless search for the soul’s true comfort, affirmation and love.
Only God. Keep those two words echoing in your mind today.
JONI EARECKSON TADA
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you
and who you are speaking to, you would ask me,
and I would give you living water.”
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,”
she said, “and this well is very deep.
Where would you get this living water?”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water
will soon become thirsty again.
But those who drink the water
I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them,
giving them eternal life.”
JOHN 4:10-11, 13-14 (NLT)
On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky