” O God you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you , in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1
Earlier this week, I decided that on Wednesday (today) I would abstain from drinking water. Since my compassion funds for the month are going to World Vision’s clean water for Africa project, I thought it only too appropriate to experience the absence of clean water for a day. And trust me, I drink a lot of water.
I spent the day drinking juice and milk during the times throughout the day when I couldn’t stand it anymore, and had to have something to drink. Although my options tasted infinitely better than murky, dingy, dirty water, there is no substitute for water. I found myself thinking about water all day. The significance of Jesus’ words ” a cup of cold water in my name” have taken on a whole new depth in this process of a SINGLE DAY, without water.
I can’t imagine not having access to clean water for more than a day.
Interesting it is though, that in the midst of being thirsty, having to pick between juice and milk, and having more trouble than usual paying attention to my reading assignments for school, I found myself thinking “this is such a good day”. Each glass of juice, each glass of milk was poured with prayers of heartfelt thanks. Each meal was a sacred moment of grace as I expressed thanks for my bounty and desperate pleas for provision for my brothers and sisters in Africa, in the same breath.
I can guarantee that every swig of water I take tomorrow during cycling class, at work, in Church History class, or wherever, will be treasured with profund gratitude.
P.S. Check out the article In Sabina’s Shoes, from the Spring 2011 issue of World Vision Magazine. http://www.worldvisionmagazine.org/stories/in-sabina%e2%80%99s-shoes/