In the summer after my eighth grade year a friend and I started survival camping. We didn’t call it that at the time as we were simply going on an adventure. With no training and limited warnings, we were dropped off by my father at the I-435 bridge over the Missouri River or on some train tracks out in Leavenworth and we would make it for the weekend using just a survival knife and canteen. I am eternally grateful to my dad for doing this although conventional wisdom would scream “DON’T DO THAT.”
I remember being short of water on every adventure. We typically had one canteen between us. We regularly went a day or two without any water at all. You cultured folks may remember the Three Amigos canteen scene? What a great picture of the desperation for water.
A human body needs about 3 liters of water daily to function well and can only go only a week or so without any at all. Things like sweating, peeing, diarrhea and vomiting all are sources of water loss and will contribute to dehydration. I love using those words now that I am a caregiver to Tara.
Tara has struggled staying hydrated. We took her in today for a scheduled IV; nearly 2 liters. It wasn’t a surprise. We just did it to stay on top of things. Otherwise she has felt pretty good.
Jesus used water in his ministry. He turned it into wine, showing his power over creation. When meeting a Samaritan woman as she was getting a drink, Jesus also asked her for one, and went on to tell her of a living water where she would never thirst again (referring to the salvation he offered). And he used water in representing his death, burial and resurrection in baptism, and called on all of us to follow him in that symbolic sacrament.
Water has always been key to physical and spiritual life, and now it is key to Tara’s life.