Climbing upwards. Exhausted. Two days underground and the final vertical climb to freedom. Darkness dispelled as the sunlight blazed in from the cave mouth above.

My mouth was dry and parched. I had run out of water several hours before. Sweat was pouring out from the exertion of climbing vertically as I edged my way to the surface.

Finally, as I scrambled up and out of the cave mouth I was struck by the intense heat from the afternoon sun. The cool of the caves washed away by the seeping heat soaring above 50 degrees Celsius from the surrounding desert. Every muscle was in agony. Exhaustion set in almost instantaneously as the realisation hit me that I had made it. I was so dry in the mouth my tongue was sticking to the roof of my mouth. I could hardly talk.

From nearby, a voice drawled a familiar greeting and offer, “Gidday Mate! …Drink?” I turned and there was a mate of mine, siting on a big rock sheltered under a gum tree. Smile from ear to ear. His outstretched arm offering me his water bottle with a tantalizing shake… the remaining ice cubes clinking from within.

That water hit the mouth and throat. Sweet, sweet water. Cool, refreshing, delightful and invigorating. Right there, right then, all my Christmas’ had come at once. There wasn’t a single thing better that my mate could have given me at that moment. A simple drink of water.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:4

How good is it to have a friend, a mate, who knows just what to say at the right time. To be there for you and not to judge you or condemn you. That word of encouragement. A word that brings delight. A word that brings life and hope into your situation.

Got any mates like that? If not, let me ask, “Who are you a mate for? Who do you speak words of life and encouragement to?”

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

“Gidday Mate! …. drink?”

2 Comments

  1. Sounds like you are paticipating it a very interesting adventure. Central Aussie?? I have been 48 years on the planet in ngood old aus and still not ventured to the centre. To refresh into others lives is to be truly refreshed. Smetimes it certainly does not seem that way at the time. I do not think Christ as man truly felt like he was refreshing to humanity who as he hung on the cross whilst the vast majority hid in apathetic silence. However the greater good was the opportunity for re connection with their creator for humanity then and for all time to come. Can we truly percieve and even begin to understand such a sacrifice? I draw on my own experience as a police officer and remember the close shaves and the fallen that paid the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good indeed for the apathetic majority. God willing I am still here but many are not or in fact only partially here kept “sane” on drugs and the loving support of close family. My heart drops a mile every time I listen to the early news first thing in the am and another aussie soldier has paid the “ultimate” in the war against terror. i want to take the opportunity bto share a mission that I have been given by our creator. A mission that has the potential to save manyu young lives on our roads. I am sick of the waste of young livers to road trauma. So our the many Mothers and Fathers that have have had the horrible knock on the door in the early hours by police to inform that their young will not be coming homme tonight in fact for the rest of their lives. I am a professional driver trainer and I am curently in discussions with key stakeholders with regards to a total overhaul of the way ouyr young are trained to obtain their licence. Is it possible to train for survival? Yes and myself and other like minded professionals would love to explain how and show you. So what has this got to do with original discussion. Well I belive that when we truly turn to walk with our creator he will reveal in fact how we can first be refreshing to others. This may take sometime to prepare, re focus, re train, re skill but be assured you will first and foremost required to be a servant. This may cost or should I say will cost. The cost to you will always be far outweighed by the blessings and enormous love from the creator of this universe. I do have mates that that you speak of but I know many who do not which can ultimately lead to deep depression and unfortunately even suicide. My greatest mate is Jesus who I have done nothing to essentially deserve and probably daily dissappoint. I firmly believe that we are essentially all called to refresh as we truly take up the cross. Maybe we need a forum where we can all express the different call of refreshmentthat God has placed in our hearts for humanity which is ultimately designed to save and restore life. I have shared only the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in my life. I woujld love to hear from others and nolt onl;y for encouragement but also so we can partner and indeed help each other in the quest to refresh.

    To life as God intended,

    Mark

  2. Hi Mark. Location was west of Mt. Isa just outside Camooweal. Now known as Camooweal Caves National Park (wasn’t that when we discovered them!) See http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Camooweal+Queensland&sll=-38.085141,145.478719&sspn=0.011333,0.01929&ie=UTF8&lr=lang_en&cd=1&geocode=FZME0P4dz4c7CA&split=0&hq=&hnear=Camooweal+Queensland&z=9

    In response to your comment… you need to write a blog yourself 😉 You have heaps to share. There are about 7 postings to create just out of the one comment above… maybe more. Go for it!

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