Good morning all-
It's another spectacular morning. The fog has rolled into Kansas and we are going to have rain again. You can't believe what a blessing rain is when the land you are living on is dry, dusty and scorched. Rain washes the land, feeds the grass and trees, and drenches the animals. It provides our most essential need, water. We need water the same way we need air. Without water nothing can live. So today, I celebrate our Lord and thank Him for drenching the land.
That brings me to our Scripture today. It actually came on my phone yesterday and I thought about it all day. I have always loved water and wish that Kansas had more but unfortunately, we are a corn state not a waterway. When I was young I lived in upper-state New York and I could go to the water every weekend. Most of my childhood memories include water, picnics, and a whole lot of fun. I remember the way it felt to have the boat beneath me as the waves crashed across its bow. Those were the days.
Water is essential for life but there's also something very peaceful about it. Every time I look at water moving or crashing against a beach, I think of Jesus. I guess the story of the disciples and Jesus on the sea really has made a profound impact on my life because that's all I can ever think about when I'm blessed to be near water.
There is so much beauty we miss because our lives are busy. The small miracles that happen every day, like a rainbow or water drenching the earth. Miracles haven't left this world, we just don't take the time to see them anymore. That's why this passage really made me think about Jesus. We have been talking about spiritual warfare, obedience, faith and all of it leads to hope. What we haven't talked about is panting for Jesus!
Panting isn't exactly a word we throw around today. It isn't a word that I use anyway but its a great descriptive that illustrates how we should yearn for Jesus. If a deer is panting for water, his need is great. And when our need is great, we are in full concentration, enthralled and thoroughly entrenched in that need.
I would guess that most of us don't pant for Jesus. We call Him up in times of trouble or we read our Bibles because we know we should but do we pant for Him? That's a question only you can answer. After meditating on this verse, I realized that I want to pant and thirst for Jesus. He is the most essential element to me living. I need air and water but I need Him so much more and so do you. I hope this passage makes you think about Jesus as much as it did for me yesterday.
Join me sisters in panting and thirsting for Christ! Just like the rain drenching the land, Jesus can drench us with the Holy Spirit, which as you know provides faith, hope and strength. I want that, don't you?
Psalm 42:1-2 NKJV:
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
I don't know when we will be before Him but I know I want to be in His presence. It's time we all thirst for the God we call Father and teach everyone around us to do the same. I hope today finds you well and thirsty.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, thank You for the beautiful word pictures You placed in Scripture. My heart yearns for You Lord. I want to be like that deer, panting and thirsting for You Lord. You are our stream of life, covering us and loving us all our days. Your blood became our water. Lift us up Lord and help us see You in all the small things. Remind us that just like the water we drink, You are all we need. I pray that the women that read this blog and all the women that follow You, would pant for You. We need to put You first in everything we do. Place our thoughts not on the tasks of today but on You, our stream of life. May the earth rejoice in You today and may we be women that thirst for You. We love You Lord, come into our lives and bless us with Your presence. We are like deer, sipping at the stream, refreshed and full of You! Bring us nearer Lord as we cry out to You and forgive us for our sins so that we can be closer to You. For all You are and for all You will always be, we thank You Lord for saving us. I pray this scripture will be written on the hearts of women today and that every thought comes back to You! In Jesus name, AMEN