May 1, 2011

Burden of Thirst

Since today is Sunday I thought I would make a post about being thankful. Today I am thankful for something so simple. Something that I take for granted on a daily basis, and something that a woman 5,000 miles away from me spends 8 hours a day searching for. Water.

I was really sick today and wasn't able to go to church, so I got to spend the day watching PBS. They had an amazing show that was called "Best National Geographic Pictures of 2010". It's an amazing show, and if it comes on a again I would highly recommend watching it.

Out of all of the pictures that they showed, this one meant the most to me.It's called "The Burden of Thirst"

There is a group of women in Africa that spend 8 hours every day searching for water to provide for their family. If they don't do this 8 hour trek, and search, their families go thirsty and run the risk of death. Their entire day is spent walking to this well in the ground, digging for filthy water that I could never imagine drinking, and bringing it back to their families. They carry it on their backs in huge buckets for miles and miles in the deathly hot sun. For the life of me, I can't even begin to imagine what this would be like.

I'm sitting here on my bed right now drinking delicious water that I got from my fridge, in my 320z mug, and I never thought twice about it until this show came on. My water is fresh, and clean, and 5 feet from me. What a blessing it is. I have never been so grateful for water in all my life.

I'm so thankful for the simple pleasures and blessings that my Heavenly Father has blessed me with. He does so much for me, and I never even think about it. I don't thank him enough for all the little joys that I get to have each and every day. In fact I complain so much when I'm thirsty because I don't want to walk upstairs to get a drink. I don't think I will ever look at a glass of water the same way again.


Ranell and Brandon said...

Wow... I can't even imagine what that would be like. It really is sad to think of how many things we take for granted everyday. We are truly blessed with so many luxuries here (which we think are necessities!). Glad you posted this. I've been wanting to watch that since one of my professors was talking about it. Hope you get feeling better. It would be lots of fun to get together for lunch sometime! Im always up for it as long as you don't mind little munchikins joining us!

The Walker's said...

Thanks for sharing this Jill! We really are truly blessed. I really take for granted so many simple luxuries that we have. I can't imagine having to work that hard for something so simple as water.