Water is the earth’s most precious resource. Without it, life on the blue planet would cease to exist. The “universal solvent” is used by every human being, every single day in a variety of contexts.
When you boil that egg, you’re using water. Flushing the toilet after each use–that’d be water. When you’re exercising the use of that green thumb that your mother passed down to you, you can’t do so without water. On that Saturday morning when you take that special fishing trip with your oldest son, it wouldn’t be much of a trip without the blessing of water!
That’s not to mention the enormous amount of industrial uses of water in our world today. Thousands of tons of water are used on a daily basis in cleaning, transportation, and cooling in the manufacturing sector. How could one overlook the importance of water to the steel, chemical, paper, and petroleum industries? These enterprises often reuse the same water multiple times for the same purpose.
Did you know that the US is leads the world in agricultural exports? Of course, there is no way this would be the case without the life-giving power of H2O.
Without a doubt, water is essential to life. Entire cities, countries and civilizations have been founded close to sources of water, and have ceased to flourish if such a source is taken away. When a drought hits, it can instantly paralyze an economy in every aspect.
Personally, how much water do you drink every day?
Are you walking around in a dehydrated state?
According to a study by the CDC, 43% of individuals drink less than four cups per day, so there is a good chance that if you’re reading this article then you are not drinking enough water!
The average recommended suggestion is eight 8 oz. glasses each day. Drinking a lot of water each day can help maximize your physical performance, increase your energy levels, improve brain function, prevent headaches and treat problems with kidney stones–wow! I should be drinking more of this stuff.
If you aren’t drinking enough water, are you taking for granted it’s life-giving properties? In the United States, having a fresh glass of water is as ordinary and mundane as a clock ticking ahead on the wall of your living room. Yet in other parts of the world, having access to clean drinking water is a precious commodity.
Every 21 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease or illness, simply because clean water sources are not available where they happen to live. If you could do something to change that statistic, would you?
Fortunately, there is an organization that is doing something about this–Walk 4 Water is an event held in all corners of the country, started by Healing Hands International. Crieve Hall Church of Christ is hosting a walk in just a matter of days, and we’d love for you to be a part!
We will be walking four miles on Saturday, April 9, at 1 pm to show our support for those who live in areas without easy access to clean drinking water.
Four miles is the average amount people walk to obtain water that isn’t even safe for drinking. Join us as we walk these four miles and think about these individuals who deal with such a difficult challenge.
Through these efforts, we hope to provide funds for Healing Hands to build clean-water wells in developing nations like Haiti so that we can do our part in decreasing the number of people who die from waterborne diseases each year. If you’re interested in getting involved in this effort, click here!
There is definitely a spiritual undertone to all of the practical uses of water listed above. Why else would Jesus have used the illustration of water while speaking to a woman in the small region of Samaria as she was drawing water from a well almost 2,000 years ago. In the dry desert climate of Samaria, Jesus said to this woman,
“Everyone who drinks of this water (in the well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
Can you imagine drinking a special glass of water that contained such rejuvenating powers that you would never need to drink another drop? This woman must be elated! Her days of walking to the well are over! She responds by saying,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:15)
But Jesus’ message here is not of a physical water that provides never ending hydration through the hot summer months. His message is a spiritual water that can eternally quench our thirst for a true purpose and true fulfillment in this life on earth. This living water is only found in Jesus, whose blood provided the way for us to be reconciled to Him and receive the blessing of living forever (2 Cor. 5:21).
So let me ask the question again…Are you dehydrated?
Providing clean drinking water through Walk 4 Water is a great effort and can bless the lives of many, but spiritual thirst is of much greater importance to Jesus. He wants to quench your thirst today.
Will you drink of the life giving stream, that will no longer leave you craving just one more gulp?