Back before electricity, i was a runner, and after a long race, my throat, lips and tongue would be dry and sticky. The remedy was Gatorade, which i drank from an insulated half-gallon jug. When you work outside in the heat and get thirsty, would you ever consider quenching your thirst with a small half-ounce cup? No way!
The teaching of Christ is like living water, but when you drink of it, what size cup are you using? If you draw near Jesus only when you are spiritually needy, it will take a lot more than just a quick sip to satisfy. If you barely give Him a token of your attention, what little you do receive will never stay with you to carry you through the trials, and then you will wonder where the Lord is.
One lesson i learned the hard way in my running days was to never wait until i was thirsty to get a drink. When i drank too little in the days and hours before a race, i had terrible headaches and muscle cramps during and after the race. What little hydration i had was burned up. But when i was properly hydrated, i performed much better, and i recovered after races much quicker.
Drink from the Lord with a big cup, and do it often. Otherwise, what little you have from Him will be forgotten when you need His presence and counsel most.
Mark 4:21-25--And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”