Thirsty

I had my tonsils removed yesterday (6/7). As a child, I suffered from severe sore throats and colds. There were times when the doctor suggested that they be removed back then, but whenever I felt better I would tell my mother that I didn’t want to do it.

For the last month and a half I noticed my right tonsil change form. It had always been bigger than my other tonsil, but one day I saw small, blister-like bumps on them so I made an appointment with my doctor. He told me to take ibuprofen and other meds to reduce the swelling but if the swelling didn’t go down after a week then to make an appointment with an ENT doc.  

My tonsil went from having a few blister-like bumps to becoming a little more swollen and reddish. I also noticed a tiny blood vein running across it. The ENT doc scheduled a CT scan, and after looking at the images of the tonsil he suggested that I remove both tonsils and have it biopsied.

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When I awoke from my sedation, I immediately felt thirsty. I don’t know if that’s a common feeling after having a tonsillectomy, but that’s what I felt. I was given ice chips, but that didn’t satisfy my thirst. Finally, after being in recovery for a little while, I was given water to drink.

I immediately thought about these two Scripture verses:

Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God….”

John 19:28, “…he [Jesus] said, “I am thirsty.””

I’ve been thirsty many times, but I usually do not feel thirsty for very long because I would get something to drink. Today I felt thirsty, and nothing would satisfy my thirst but water. In Matthew 4:14, Jesus tells the “woman at the well,” “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Now I have a better understanding of all these Scripture verses—just as I was thirsty for water and ice chips didn’t satisfy me, my very being thirsts for God and nothing will satisfy it but God. Whenever my soul/spirit starts to get dry, I know that I am spiritually thirsty and I need God to quench my thirst.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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Water

Water is so important– we need it everyday. I heard that we can only last about three days without water. When I don’t drink enough water, I get heart palpitations so I carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go, so water really is important.

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Water is mentioned in several places in the Bible. When I did a search for “Living Water,” most of the term was found in the book of John. Specifically, in John 7 it says, “On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” (John 7:37-39, NLT).

If ordinary water is so important for us to stay alive, then how much more important is the living water for us? So many people do not have Christ so they are spiritually withered and dry– brittle and broken.  Outside they appear alive, but inside they are nothing but “dry bones.”  Jesus says, “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14, NLT). I wish everyone who heard about Jesus would come to Him so they can truly be alive.

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti