Due to the frigid cold temperatures this winter, we’ve had to crank up the heat in our home. The heater is constantly running and still doesn’t seem to bring us the warm result we seek. However, it has created an unwanted outcome of an extremely dry atmosphere.
While having “cold symptoms”, my son and I have faced dry noses, lips and throats. After taking a hot shower, my skin is also left dry. When my dear friend visited, her beautiful curly hair began to straighten out from the dryness.
All this dry air had caused these particular instances to lose their form. Leaving us with pursed lips, wrinkly or cracked skin, and lifeless hair.
To absolutely make sense of all this scientifically, I did some online research. According to this article at smartfog.com, the author explains it best; “Because our bodies are comprised of approximately 70% water, it should come as no surprise that exposure to dry air can lead to dehydration. When you’re exposed to dry air, the air will attempt to draw moisture from anything it can, including the human body. The moisture in and on your skin will evaporate, as will the moisture in your lungs, eyes, nose and body.”
Therefore, to overcome this period of dryness my best solution is to moisturize. Using a facial creme, body lotion, chapstick, and various moisturizing hair products are very ideal for external attributes. General protocol to remedy the internal body is to drink the minimum intake of 64-oz of water in a day.
It is remarkable when God showed me how my daily winter struggle coorelates to a recent dry season I faced in my spiritual life.
I went two, long months feeling mundane in my spirit man. I would wake up each day feeling as if I was just getting by minimally. I didn’t know what was happening to me, but I knew I didn’t like the feeling.
However, these feelings were not a product of who I am as a person. I would describe myself as a goal setter and an achiever. So, through my feelings I pressed onward each day. I made an appoint to recite scriptures over my day and to read some daily devotions.
Whenever the enemy cranked up the heat against me spiritually, I continued to become more dry. As a result of this my spiritual life began to lose its form. With each passing day, I was threatened by a crack, a wrinkle, and lifelessness. Because what I was doing to get by wasn’t enough.
I needed to moisturize! And how, then, do I achieve that spiritually?!
Jesus answered, “..whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”- John 4:13-14 (NIV)
I can get proper spiritual moisture by drinking from the living water of Jesus. He is the solution. Sure, reciting scripture and reading devotions are fine. But it just does not satisfy the way that Jesus does.
I must partake of His life-giving scripture by consuming it daily. I must seek Him in prayer by communictaing to Him my happenings. That way, He is able to quench my thirst and moisturize my spirit!
A dry season is not a time to run away from Jesus. It is not a time to sit idle until it passes. No. It is a time when I must run toward Him with my head held high. It’s okay for me to admit to Him that I feel dry. Because then He is able to lovingly and gloriously respond, I am all that you need.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”- Philippians 4:19-20 (NIV)