Spiritual Dehydration

Today as I reflected on my life over the last few weeks, I realized that not only are we in the heat of summer here in Colorado, but I have also been in the heat of LIFE.  It is the kind of heat that exhausts, unmotivates, discourages and suffocates.

No matter the day on the calendar; winter, spring, summer of fall – the heat of LIFE can come on any day…and continue for a season.  I am not talking about the tragedies, injuries, illnesses and losses one experiences throughout life.  Even though each of us have personal experience with one or more of these – I want to focus on the normal, daily life regimens, duties, routines and responsibilities, because these can quickly “dehydrate” us spiritually.

When the heat of life’s “urgent” comes in unending waves it doesn’t take long for me to begin to dry up spiritually.  Oh no…my salvation and sanctification have not dried up.  God is not mad at me.  I am not sinning and feeling guilty about that sin.  However, I begin to just survive. Every day I feel a bit emptier emotionally, physically, socially and professionally.   In my busyness I sweat (literally and figuretively).  By figuretively, I mean that I sweat out the “water” that is essential to staying hydrated spiritually.  I am suffering from spiritual dehydration.

Even though I am writing this more for myself than any of you, but I believe this is a spiritual state most all of us can identify with.

Isaiah 41:18 says “I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” – ESV

How do I draw this water from the fountains, pools and springs?  Through quiet communion with my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  During times of prayer….and it pours onto me when I am simply still and allow the Spirit of God to fill me.

Did you know that once you realize you are thirsty you are already on the way to dehydration?  …I thirst.  AnGlass of Waterd, I am thankful that I know I thirst.  That means that I will seek out this precious spiritual water. Just the image of this glass being filled with pure, refreshing water makes me physically thirsty from the day’s heat.  But, I am much more thirsty for the restorative water of the Spirit of God filling my life.

I must quit writing now because I am headed to grab my Bible, sit awhile and read and pray…and BE STILL while I am filled.


Reflecting the Image of God

0cd792412a22ef6eae01cfc6a4e5380c84a54b10I Corinthians 15:49 And as we bore the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

A year ago, my husband and I traveled to Savannah Georgia for our 40th anniversary. We both enjoy the architecture and interior craftmenship of historic homes and Savannah definitely did not disappoint in that area. We toured several beautiful historic homes. Every home was filled with beautiful silver platters, trays and tea sets; brass-topped spindles on staircase banisters and gold-gilded mirror and picture frames dating from the mid to late 1800’s. These pieces caught the light around them as we walked from one room to the next. Imagine how different my experience would have been if these pieces had been tarnished. Not only would the light have not been reflected, the pieces would not have held the same beauty as they did brightly polished.

We are members of the human race. We bear the image of “earthy man”. As women who have believed that Jesus is the Christ, we also bear the image of the “heavenly Man” – the God-Man, Christ Jesus. Oh, we do not bear it like we will when these human bodies are thrown off and we are taken to heaven; nonetheless we have been adopted into the family of God and we bear God’s image. Each day we are given the awesome privilege of reflecting the light of God into other’s lives. What happens when we become tarnished? …and how do we become tarnished?

Think about it: a silver dish doesn’t need to have had food or liquid in it to tarnish. It is the air itself that fuels the process of tarnishing. So it is with us; we don’t have to be involved in carnal, sinful things to become “tarnished”. The “air” of the world in our daily lives is sufficient cause for becoming tarnished. If we are to reflect the light of God; know that He will at times use human circumstances as our “tarnish remover”. Just as we apply a little pressure to the silver dish using a cloth dipped in metal polish, so the Lord applies just the right amount of pressure with the exact quantity of polish necessary to restore our ability to reflect His light.

Are you in the middle of a “polish job?” Is God applying pressure through the “polish” of an uncomfortable circumstance, disease or relationship? Our gracious, merciful savior is not vindictive, but He desires our lives to be as precious metal. The situation(s) you find yourself in may be the only way you will grow, learn and once again reflect His light.

–Open your heart to what He wants to accomplish today so that you will reflect His light.