"I’m so thirsty,” is the common refrain as we come in from taking a walk or working outside in the yard. I had heard somewhere a long time ago that if your mouth is dry and you’re craving water, you have let it go too long, your body is past needing hydration. But I recently read some research that emphasized the fact that our body knows what we need, when we need it. Our thirst is just a cue for us to take a drink, and then we have what we need to keep moving and living.
It sometimes takes practice to learn to listen to our body, to slow down enough to feel thirsty and then remember to go get something as simple as a glass of water. I wonder how practiced we are at listening to our soul.
Psalm 42:1-2 reminds us that as much as we need water to live, we also need our creator.
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
As much practice as it takes to identify our physical longings, I think we can be even less adept at recognizing our need for God time. We might know that we need “something,” that something is missing. Often we try to fill it with shopping, or business, or food and drink. But none of those things are ultimately satisfying, like eating a granola bar when what you really need is a tall glass of water. What we really need is to renew our connection with the divine.
God is certainly always around us, as close as the very air we breath. God never withdrawals or walks away, or takes a break, but there are certainly times when we fail to notice God’s presence or perhaps, tune God out. Just as we might a family member, who is around all the time, but with whom we forget to connect!
So I’m wondering this month how to practice recognizing my soul-thirst and how I can make space for God to fill it. When I’m thirsty, my mouth gets dry, what does it look like or feel like when I’m lacking God-time. What makes me feel satisfied all the way to the center of my being? Probably not one thing, but maybe a routine. Bible study? A prayer journal? Worship? Music? Silence or mediation? Time in nature? Who are the believers with whom I can surround myself who make me feel closer to God and make me feel most myself?
Indeed, God is near, and better than a drink on a hot dry day. And then we will sing with Psalm 63:5.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.
Blessings, Pastor Angel