Are You Thirsty?  by Patty Domagala

August 19, 2018

     Have you ever been thirsty?  I don't mean the average thirst where a drink of water sounds good after a long walk, or after working in the garden on a hot summer day.  I mean really, really thirsty...  where your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth and all you can think about is water.

     Here is a brief story:  In 1997, a young marine corporal named Joey Mora was standing on the platform of an aircraft carrier patrolling the Iranian Sea.  Incredibly, he fell overboard.  His absence was not known for 36 hours.  A search and rscue mission began, but was given up after another 24 hours.  No one could survive in the sea without even a life jacket after 60 hours.  His parents were notified that he was "MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD".  

     The rest of the story is one of those "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" events.  Script writers would pass it up as "Not Believable".  Four Pakistani fishermen found Joey Mora about 72 hours after he had fallen from the aircraft carrier.  He was treading water in his sleep, clinging to a makeshift flotation device made from his trousers - a skill learned in most military survival training.  He was delirious when they pulled him into their fishing boat.  His tongue was dry and cracked and this throat parched.

     Just about two years later, as he spoke with Stone Phillips of NBC Dateline, he recounted an unbelievable story of a will to live and survival.  Who would not have not given up?  He said it was God who kept him struggling to survive.  His discovery by the fishermen makes searching for a needle in a haystack a piece of cake.  The most excruciating thing of all?  Joey said that the one thought that took over his body and pounded in his brain was - WATER!  (NBC Dateline:  Nov. 1992)

     Have you ever been that thirsty?  This is "Physical Thirst".  Physical thirst can be horrible and also dangerous.  Dehydration can get you into serious trouble in a hurry.  If you have ever experienced true physical thirst, you can begin to understand being "Spiritually Thirsty".  

     Thirst is one of the most powerful spiritual symbols in all of Scripture.  As dehydration draws the whole of our physical being to a longing for water, so a spiritual void will draw our spirits into a search for a deeper meaning for our lives.  "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God."  (Psalm 42:1-2).  Or, "I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land."  (Psalm 143:6).  We must capture that type of spiritual thirst!  We must thirst and long for God and for spiritual living!  If you would like to gain a spiritual thirst, then listen to what Jesus says in John 7:37, "If anyone is thirsty, let them come to me and drink".  To gain a spiritual thirst we must desire it.  Jesus plainly said if anyone wants God, a relationship with God, he can have it.  If anyone wants spiritual living, he can obtain it.  If anyone seeks God, he can find him.

     ARE YOU THIRSTY?  We must come to a point where we can get before God and say, "I spread out my hands to you; my soul longs for you like a thirsty land."  (Psalm 143:6)  

     Again I ask, "ARE YOU THIRSTY?"  Amen.