Just Add Water

Just Add Water!

Just Add Water!

By Pastor Carmela E. Head

In junior high school and in high school, I participated in basketball, track, and field. For those who have done the same, I know that you can relate to the vigorous practices and the weekly games. For basketball, the sound of the whistle inaugurated the commencement of a new game. The ball was tossed into the air for a jump shot, and we were off! Up and down the court we would run, jump, pass the ball and engage in defense. All eyes would be continually on the stop clock and by the third quarter a thirst would come over us and we all were reaching for our water bottles. The same happened in track and field as each track runner pushed themselves within the last part of the race to get that second wind to reach the finish line; we too, were reaching for water bottles. I could remember hearing the coaches say, “Grab your water bottles and get a little water!” It seemed that just a swish (and often a swig) of that water would do. We were then refreshed and felt revived!

What was an apparent moment of depletion had then become restored; for it was then that our thirst was quenched.

Of course, our reliance upon water is inevitable. Our physical bodies demand and depend upon it. In practicality, even a pot of leftover tasty beans when reheating needs just a bit of water to jumpstart it again. If you really want to be amazed, just add water to a parched plant that has been sitting dormant for a while and watch that plant eventually begin to return to its vibrancy. Everything is dependent on the intake of water.  Water replenishes everything it touches. Anything that needs conditioning and movement needs water for revitalization. It would be unimaginable without it.

Water is restorative. Water revitalizes. The word revitalize means to reinvigorate, re-energize, to fortify, to rekindle, restore and to ultimately renew.

Spiritually, in our inner man, we will need to just add water! The refreshing water is found in the revelatory pages of the word of God, in scripture. The Bible has 66 books that will refresh us as it gives instruction, direction and brings revelation to where we are and where we are going in our daily lives.  The many precious promises by God in scriptures are refreshing that we need to encourage our faith.

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the words of Jesus brings life to us as we meditate on them. Each word waters and strengthens our inner man.  There is a continual igniting and renewing that happens when we receive the water of the word of God.

In Psalms 23, the Great Sheperd (who is the Lord) is revered by us as He leads us to still waters, where we are restored. There is something about water!  He longs to refresh us where we need it, when we are spiritually parched and when we are in need of faith building. Add some spiritual water and watch the turnaround, watch the sprouting, watch the reviving and watch the vitality. We can go on further when we are recharged and saturated with His water.

The word of God is overflowing with restoration from cover to cover. By meditating and reading His word we are spiritually hydrated with his infallible word, which is his living water. Here are two of many scriptures to encourage your heart as open your hands to receive such a precious cup of God’s word, His life sustaining water:

Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.  (New Living Translation)

Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  (New International Version)

Psalms 107: 9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (New Living Translation)

The renewing and revitalization process happens when we replenish with sustaining water, the word of God. We can run farther and go the distance.  Just add water!

Copyright 2023  Carmela E. Head

1 Comment

Monique Jackson - December 27th, 2023 at 9:40pm

Thank you Pastor Carmela for sharing this inspiring blog post. This is so timely at the end of the year. We need God’s replenishment through his word. It is the only thing that bquenches our spiritual thirst. #iamrenewal