Once Abba Vissarion walked with his disciple along the seashore. The disciple felt a great thirst and said to Abba Vissarion:
– Father, I am very thirsty.
The elder, having prayed, said to him:
– Get drunk from the sea.
The sea water became fresh, and he quenched his thirst with it. But when he got drunk, he poured water into the vessel as a precaution, so that he would have water with him if he began to feel thirst again. The elder, seeing this, asked:
– Why did you do it?
– Forgive me! I did it out of fear that I would be thirsty again.
Then the elder remarked:
– As here is God, so everywhere is God.