Psalm 63:1 [ A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah. ] O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

In 2001 I moved from a rather cold and moist climate into the American Southwest and experienced firsthand how devastating droughts can be when Monsoon seasons deliver little to no rain. With water levels sinking and wild fires devouring acres upon acres of land, droughts are deadly.

Actually, one third of our global land’s surface area happens to be desert, and less than one percent of our freshwater is located in lakes, rivers, and swamps, which means 99% of freshwater resources is located underground. So, we’ve constructed dams, carved out canals, turned ocean water into drinking water and continue to do all kinds of things to secure our access to water. Our lives simply depend on it.

As much as 65% of the human body is water; and the maximum time an individual can go without it is close to a week. Three to four days is probably more typical, especially in conditions like the broiling desert heat.

If we get lost hiking through the desert with little or no water, then we know how crucial it is to get back to the trail-head, back to shade and water. We die if we don’t make it back. By the same token, humans need to get back to their roots. We need to find our trail-head, our origin in the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Here is an open secret: Only in God are we complete. He is our fulfillment and purpose; He is our home; that’s where we are from, and to Him we must return.

“After two days in the desert sun
My skin began to turn red
After three days in the desert fun
I was looking at a river bed
And the story it told of a river that flowed
Made me sad to think it was dead”                 Songwriters: Dewey Bunnell

 

 

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