by Sharon Martin
Psalm 42 “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” v. 1
“It’s hard to wait! It’s going to take forever! Waiting is boring!” are constant protests from my five-year old. These declarations are usually punctuated with a pout, a deep sigh, and maybe even a few heavy foot stomps for good measure. After acknowledging her feelings of frustration, disappointment, and longing, I try to help her find a way to fill that time of anticipation and quiet those moments of discontent. After all, I have those feelings too.
I’ve been there. I am there. Whether in hopeful anticipation of something wonderful on the horizon or in painful dread of uncertainty, waiting *is* hard. That void seems endless, the silence disconcerting. I long for peace, for comfort, for God to quiet my discontent and quench my parched soul.
And then – and there is always a “then” – my soul is doused with God’s Holy presence, my longing quenched with the promise that even in the darkest and driest of times, I am never alone. In silent prayer or through His angels on Earth, God shines through.
- Who quenches your soul at its driest?
- Who can you share God’s presence with?
- How is God calling you to refresh your soul?
Take time to notice what your soul is longing for – and offer that to God today. Be at peace, be refreshed, and know that God is with you.
God, this is the day you have made.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may rejoice and be glad in it.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may surrender to you my agenda and to-do list.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may receive today your love from the ones you have blessed to give it to me.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may share today your love with the ones you have blessed me to give it to.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I, all people, and all creation may be awake and ready for the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the glorious end of days.