I have found myself dehydrated over the past few weeks. When that happens my energy level drops and I am not very productive. I need to be restored.
I was dragging when I walked into the restaurant to meet my friend for lunch. My energy level was low and I was struggling to think clearly. As the waitress came over to take my drink order I said, “I will take water and plenty of it.” A few moments later she showed up with this giant glass of water! When I started laughing she said, “This way I will not have to refill it.”
Throughout lunch, she would stop by to check on us and would always smile at the large pitcher of water I was drinking. Turns out it was a liter of water. Partway through lunch I could tell my hydration was better, my energy level was up and I was thinking clearer. My pitcher of water was slowly restoring my body and mind.
Later in the day, I was thinking about how that water restored my body. There is a life-giving quality that water brings to our bodies. Ever since chemotherapy I have had to pay special attention to being hydrated. In those moments when I am weak, I am encouraged by the way a few glasses of water can restore my body and mind.
I was drawn to the 23rd Psalm.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. – Psalm 23
“He restores my soul” There will be seasons in life when my soul needs to be restored. I may feel attacked by those who do not have my best interest at heart or maybe the road I am traveling is dark and filled with dangers. Maybe grief and illness will weave a tapestry of sadness in a particular season of life. Whatever the reason life becomes difficult and we begin to struggle.
In those darkest of moments, it does us well to remember, “He restores my soul.”
It took me about half an hour to forty-five minutes to drink that glass of water. Slowly as I drank my body regained strength, my energy level returned, and I began to think clearly. I was restored. [Read more…]