Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

In early June, I enjoyed a personal writer-research stay at Badger Creek Ranch, a working cattle ranch tucked into the high country of Colorado at 8,800 feet.

While there, I was often reminded to drink water.

“Don’t wait until you’re thirsty,” a staff member said. “When you’re thirsty, it’s too late.”

I live at about 5,500 feet, so I thought I was well-enough acclimated that extra water wouldn’t make that much difference at an altitude only a few thousand feet higher.

It did.

One afternoon, light-headedness from a waterless morning almost kept me from riding out across the high range as I considered the ramifications of doing a header off my horse.

It’s easy to take an everyday amenity for granted—something you’re so used to that you don’t even think about it.

Until you need it.

I don’t do that anymore with water, and I don’t want to do it with the Lord either. Meeting with Him on a regular basis, and keeping Him in view during the day helps me not run dry. Facing challenges and stressful situations is much easier when I’m well-hydrated on His word.

This link clearly explains the importance of water at high elevations.   

This link clearly explains the importance of filling up on Jesus.

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Elizabeth gave a courteous nod and stepped out onto the boardwalk, drinking in great gulps of semi-fresh air as she closed the door. Though muddled with dirt, horse manure, and axle grease, the street was a flowing brook compared to Mr. Rochester’s stagnant office.                                                                          ~An Unexpected Redemption

 

 

 

 

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