Dear Reader Friends, David here. Join me for a survival adventure and challenge from my research notebook on dehydration and thirst.
What kind of survivor are you? Do you straggle into camp, dragging your pack? Are you prepared for the enduring march through life? How are your survival instincts when it comes to dehydration and thirst in the face of difficulty? Of course, we may not be speaking of physical thirst at all. Let’s start in Kazakhstan…
More Than Thirst
The Kazakh pastor fell to his knees at the edge of the pool of water. Trembling, he dipped his cupped hand into the pool and slurped the water. Rather than swallow, he swished it around in his mouth. Sure enough, the taste of alkali was strong in this pool as well, since there was no outlet.
Though he was a pastor now, he’d once been a paramilitary soldier. He knew the dangers of dehydration as well as those from drinking water with high magnesium or alkali content. But he knew he would survive, with God’s help.
Rising to his feet once again, he continued across the desert region. He’d needed the drink not to merely satisfy his thirst, but to prepare for possible dehydration. Shifting his small pack, he prayed for God to take away his physical thirst, but to also give him a greater spiritual thirst. The people of Kazakhstan needed to be reached with God’s Word!
The Survival Tip
In a US Air Force survival guide, many pages are spent on water consumption—finding it, drinking it, not drinking it, generating it… At one point, the handbook says that you can still die of dehydration if all you do is drink water to only satisfy your thirst. Why? Because the body requires more water than what is needed to quench your desire for drink.
With this survival tip in mind, we are compelled as Christians to draw a spiritual parallel. Our Christian light will diminish if all we do is act like a Christian to merely satisfy our conscience. Filling our whole being with Christ is required for a Christian to survive and thrive in this thirsty world. Let’s not just satisfy our thirst, but let’s also become saturated with the Pure Water!
See you on the next page!
Read David’s Survival Series, beginning here with Part I, “Environmental Conditions.“