There is a thirst caused by dehydration that nothing but pure refreshing water can properly quench. Ask the parched ground, the withering plant, or the panting dog what they need to revive and invigorate them, they will answer with unanimous tongue the refreshing waters which fall freely from the sky.
The requirements of the human body as concerning water ranges from the microscopic cell, to the major functions of its impressive physiology. When dehydration sets in, organs such as the brain respond with strong sensations generally classiﬁed as a headache. Many medicines used to mask the symptoms of a headache, would be found unnecessary if the one suﬀering simply would try drinking a glass of water.
Water not only hydrates the body, but both internally and externally it is the number one cleansing agent of the body. Who, after working to the point of sweat and body odor, hasn’t felt invigorated after a refreshing shower? And how depressing to the mind it is, when you feel altogether grimy, and there is no water to bath in. Internally for a time we may be able to ignore insuﬃcient amounts of water, and as the improper cleansing of the internal system, but an even deeper depressive state will be realized when the over accumulation of wastes and toxins, brings about the symptoms of disease and illness.
But there is another thirst that we all have in common, which is also essential to a life of health and happiness; the thirst for love and acceptance. We may for a while convince ourselves that this is a luxury and not a necessity, but herein lies the cause of many of the unexplainable sicknesses that pervade the human family.
All babies of all races thrive upon tokens of love and aﬀection. It is the cruel nature of the world in which we live that cultivates the mindset that causes us to be so callous of how our words and actions bruise and injure the emotional being of others. Emotions are more than feelings, they are accompanied by chemical releases within the body. Negative emotions cause chemical releases which have a negative eﬀect upon the organs of the body. Whereas positive emotions have a positive eﬀect on the organs of the body.
The Bible states, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.; Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 16:24)
The words we speak can be refreshing waters to the spirit and health of the individuals we encounter. Moses is quoted as saying, “Give ear..and I will speak; and hear..the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” (Deuteronomy 32:1-2)
As rain and showers refreshes the vegetation of the earth, so do our words have the potential to refresh the mind and spirit of those with whom we come in contact. However, it is not our words alone which bring about this eﬀect. When ever we speak there is two elements at work simultaneously, the words which we speak, and the tone of voice in which the words are spoken.
Though dogs cannot speak human language, they can perceive your intent by the tone in which words are spoken. This is why music is said to be a universal language. If the lyrics are in a foreign tongue, the melody can still speak to the heart and refresh the listener.
Christ Himself who came to earth to give us a sincere view of God’s character of love said this, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall ﬂow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive.. (John 7:37-39)
Man was designed by God to receive and give love, and the life cannot be ripened into its fullness without embracing this reality. The only way we can maintain the warm spirit of love in the cold environment of a cruel world is to be constantly refreshed by that inﬁnite source of love which comes to us by the Holy Spirit, through Christ, from the Father. It is a principle with God that the more we give, the more we receive. Wisdom teaches us in Proverbs 11:25,
“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”