A few weeks ago, I visited an elderly lady and found her severely dehydrated. Her eyes were sunken. She was extremely weak and disoriented.
I called 911 and helped get her settled at the hospital.
The intense heat of the summer sun can easily lead to dehydration if we do not drink enough water.
The signs of dehydration are the following: a lack of tears, dry mouth, sunken eyes, weakness, headaches, dry skin, confusion, irritability, dizziness, and more. (See https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/syc-20354086.)
I like to say that the physical will often reveal truths about the spiritual.
Spiritual dehydration looks similar to physical dehydration.
Symptoms are some of the following: confusion, easily annoyed, lacking the “revelation” of the Word, spiritual instability, spiritual weakness, lack of spiritual sight, lack of emotional connection and expression with the Lord, painful thoughts, and much more.
The cause of spiritual dehydration is simple too. If you are not receiving spiritual “water,” you will become spiritually dehydrated. The Holy Spirit is often described as “water” in the Word.
John 7:37-39 — Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Isaiah 44:3 –‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants;
John 4:14 — but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 12:13 — For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
I found this link that describes all the various references to water in the Word: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/07/17/what-does-water-represent-in-the-bible-a-christian-study/.
To stay spiritually hydrated, we need to stay in the Word, be led by the Spirit, and know our position through Christ’s salvation.
It’s amazing how many times when I have truly encountered the Presence of God that tears stream down my face. My husband once apologized to me for how emotional he was, following a powerful moment He had with God.
King David in the Bible was misunderstood for his uninhibited worship of God. On one occasion, his wife mocked him for his joyful dance before the Lord. God though never rebuked David for his enthusiastic worship/dance.
Emotion can be seen as weakness. Many times, even other Christians mock worshiping Christians for their emotional displays. We don’t want to pursue emotional experiences for the sake of the experience, but God made our emotions, and true worship will involve a vulnerability of emotion.
When you truly encounter God, there will be a physical response to a supernatural God. Go ahead and cry, laugh, sing, dance, get prostrate (bow), clap, raise your hands, or simply get still. The point is not what you do, but that you encounter God and respond to Him.
Stay in His Word and stay in His Presence, and you will stay hydrated this summer spiritually.
Don’t forget to also grab a glass of water.