Be Careful of Dehydration

Summer is hot, hot, hot.

My family and I recently went to a Family Day at the Dayton Dragons’ stadium. They had fun booths for face painting, painting tattoos, inflatable activities and much more. Of course, most of the activities took place down on the field, and it was a hot day. Whatever the air temperature is, it can be up to 20 degrees warmer on the field (depending upon your turf).

As we stood in line waiting for the face painting, there was an adorable red-haired, fair-skinned boy in front of us. It looked like he’d been enjoying the event longer than we had. He was dripping with sweat and looking a bit tired.

One minute he was fine. The next, he was on the ground. His dad grabbed him and took him to the side while I rushed into the dugout where I saw some bottled water. As they poured the water on a towel and cooled his head, he awoke with a start and immediately began crying. I’m pretty sure just about everyone in line started crying then, too. The cause of his fainting – dehydration.

They took the little boy into the locker room (I was envious), and it seemed he would be all right. As I’ve thought about it, though, I realized something.

This is a cautionary illustration for spiritual summer. 

When you’ve entered spiritual summer, you can’t mistake it. It’s a time when you enjoy every part of life. Relationships you’ve established blossom to reveal a hidden depth and beauty. As you continue in the Word, the “light” comes on and it feels as if God is speaking intimately with you. The work of spring turns into the relaxing joy of summer.

So be careful.

It’s easy to feel that God is so close you don’t need to be as frequent in His hydrating Word. If anything, you need drink more frequently. His Word is essential for your sustenance and ongoing enjoyment of summer.

The beach-like experiences may cause you to consider taking a vacation from life in Christian community. Be intentional about spending your spiritual summer in the company of others who can draw from your joy to help keep you connected to life on the vine.

In the Lord’s promise to bless Jerusalem, He paints an summer-like picture for His people:

12 The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will saveyou, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong (Zech. 8:12-13, NIV).

The sowing in spring will yield delicious fruit. The plowing of the ground will give way to a production of life-giving crops. Yet the continued enjoyment of these things is dependent upon two major things – sun and water.

Enjoy the S-O-N together.

Celebrate Christ. Revel in the knowledge that the Light of the World is shining on and through your life. Share your joy with your natural family and spiritual family. Give witness to His goodness in your life, and ask others to share their stories with you. Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy living life together in Christ.

Stay hydrated.

Slow down and walk through the Word. Meditate on every word and phrase. Let it continue to speak to you as if you are receiving life-giving water from Jesus Himself. He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John. 7:37, NIV). Remember, the Word sustains you in season and out. How you read it may vary, but the discipline of reading should not.

Summer is meant to be enjoyed which is all the more reason to let your hands be strong. You will find your continued strength and health by drawing often from the Living Water given by Christ by His Word and through His Spirit.

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