June 21, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: Keeping your life “hydrated”

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Powers
MAG-13 Chaplain

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Powers

How thirsty desert dwellers get during the heat of the summer.  How important it is to keep life hydrated when the hot winds blow sometimes with stinging sand blown along with the higher velocity gusts.  Even if I’m traveling in the comfort of my car, on longer trips I personally like to bring an extra jug of water with me just in case of a break down.

In Psalm 42 the writer tells the story of a thirsty deer longing for a good flowing stream to drink from when it is confronted by a dry environment.  The writer then compares the deer’s thirst for water to his own thirst for knowledge of and relationship with God.  The writer’s thirst for God is quenched by remembering the good times of gathering with others in worship, receiving protection from God while sleeping, and hearing and seeing God’s songs of love as he experiences them in God’s care of creation.

But the writer of the Psalms is pushing back the winds of doubt and personal fears as he drinks of these flowing streams of God’s presence.  He sums up his tactic to deal with dryness by choosing hope and belief in God’s help and redeeming acts in the world.

Marines and sailors can experience dry conditions not just when we go outside in the elements, but sometimes in personal relationships, in difficulty in meeting the demands of work, in financial situations, and in taking care of our own personal needs.  Sometimes these dry times can have 2 or 3 issues draining us at the same time.  When these dry times come, the practice of hope and belief is like a fresh drink from a mountain spring fed stream.  Once we quench our thirst with confidence and trust we have renewed energy to work through these dry times and help others through them as well.  Keep hydrated.

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