At times, my sense seems to go on a walk about. I am not sure what happens, but even the basics seem to escape my attention. The usual thing I forget is something we all need to live, water. For a host a reasons, I need to drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. If I am working out or having a sauna, it is good if I double this amount. It helps if one of the liters is filled electrolyte and minerals.
On any day, there is a fifty/fifty chance that I will forget that I need water. I am not sure why. Southern California is well into its summer. The days are well into the 100s (38+ centigrade). The air is hot and dry. The sun is intense. Taking a training ride during the day is similar to working out in a public sauna. Even though I hydrate during the ride, I know I am dehydrated by the time I return.
Today I remembered. Yesterday, I did not. I have no idea why. Somehow, someway, I went through the day and consumed one glass. Just one.
By the day’s end, I realized my mistake. I started hydrating, trying not to overwhelm myself with fluids. Even as I drink my water today, I wonder what other bits of common sense have I forgotten. From sunscreen to divinity, from the right tool for the right job, to the way I ride, it is easy to lose sight of what I know to be true.
When I read how “one of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?” (Acts 17.28, 29) I realize that while I may not have hired the sculptor, I am trying to construct one on my own.
Today I can ride, hydrate, and live. I can remember what God is doing. I can use my common sense.