Dehydrated in a Spa

by | May 21, 2006 | Salvation, Sanctification

Radium Hot Springs was a spot we will never forget, a true highlight of our summer vacation (See Radium Hot Springs). Besides supplying us with sunshine in the midst of three days of pouring rain, the body-temperature water with its backdrop of breathtaking Canadian Rocky beauty provided the rest and relaxation we needed after two long weeks on the road.

I could have stayed forever, but we couldn’t. I needed to pick up my wife from the conference she was attending back in Banff, and since Banff was two hours away, it was with reluctance that I called out the “30 minute” warning to my boys. From time to time during the afternoon, I had submerged myself completely under the water, letting my body drift until I was forced to breathe. Now, with every part of my being screaming to stay in this place forever, this is how I decided to spend the last half hour: completely under water!

When it was finally time to leave, I unenthusiastically crawled out of the pool. That’s when the first wave of dizziness hit me, and I had to wait several minutes before I could walk. Even then, my steps were far from straight. It didn’t help that I couldn’t find my towel. After searching for several minutes, my swimming head finally wrapped itself around the idea that someone had obviously needed it more than I.

Leaning heavily against the wall, I stood there confused, faint, not knowing what to do. I eventually recovered my wits enough to tell my boys to go into the change room. I followed them, after a fashion, and then I slumped into a private booth and collapsed onto the bench. Waves of dizziness continued to roll over me, and I realized that I was having problems breathing as well.

“Is this my time to leave this earth?” I wondered.

“Not yet!” Was the response of my Forever Friend.

“Then why am I feeling like a lobster contemplating the boiling water?”

“You need to drink!”

All of a sudden I realized that I had remained more than 5 hours at this spa without drinking even one tiny sip of water! Normally I drink at least 2 liters of water a day, but today, totally surrounded by H20, I had completely forgotten to drink!

It took me more than half an hour to get dressed. It was only with the help of my boys that I climbed up the stairs and ordered drinks for everyone. I then proceeded to drink three 750 ml bottles of Root Beer. Only then did I begin to feel better. But now I had another problem. I felt like I had a “Root” Beer Belly. In fact, I felt like I could compete with any pregnant woman!

“We better get out of here,” I said, though somewhat reluctantly, and as we climbed into the van, we promised ourselves we would be back some day. But next time, we would bring plenty of water. We wouldn’t let the spa dehydrate us again!

Too often in life we neglect the most essential things, and this neglect results in negative consequences. Life is hectic, it is true, but life should not dominate our every step or cause us to neglect our true priorities.

It is sad that in a world where we can communicate so easily from one side of the globe to the other, we have forgotten the importance of spending quality time with the ones who are close to us. Strangers among strangers, we commute from one place to another, living with estranged families, without a clue of what they might be going through. I find so many teenagers angry at their parents. Why? Parents have no time for their own kids. Divorce is on the rise as well. Why? The two “lovers” have become estranged from one another and are living like complete strangers. Crime is increasing, and one of the reasons is that no one takes time to know one another. All the while, God, our Father, stands to the side, waiting patiently. His hunger? To develop a personal relationship with His children.

Let’s find the time to answer God’s knock on our hearts: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20 NIV). Jesus wants to be our friend. We may no long have a clue how to develop lasting relationships, but if we give the time to Jesus, He will teach us. Broken marriages can be restored. Purposeless and defiant teenagers can find meaning once again by embracing parents who are willing to make a difference in their lives. The stress of life can be replaced with love.

Remember: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13 NIV) But this can only happen if we give our priority to the One who can and will restore our life: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV); and “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

Will you let Him into your life today? Will you let Him change it around for the good of those you used to care about?

“I am thirsty!”

Come and drink and be never thirsty again! “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38 NIV)

Rob Chaffart


Dehydrated in a Spa