As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1-2
What do you long for? Really, what do you long for? Many of us long for the day when we can meet with family and friends without restrictions. Many of us long for the day when we can return to the sanctuary without restrictions. Many of us long for the day when we no longer need masks. Many of us long for the day when we get “back to normal”.
But really, what do you long for?
Do you long for God? Do you truly long for God? What does it even mean to long for God?
The Psalmist describes this as a deer needing water. And that is a pretty good analogy. We’ve all been thirsty. Over the past few weeks it’s been so hot and humid that I’ve taken plenty of water breaks while cutting the lawn. I truly longed for the water. But do I long for God in the same way? Do you?
Sometimes it is hard to just stop and wait on God. There are so many things to be done, there are so many voices shouting at us, so many differing opinions that we sometimes cannot truly stop long enough to even know what we need.
But, and this is important, we need to be in the quiet, we need to be in situations where we can truly contemplate what it is that we need. And when we do, when we are in the quiet, in the silence, in the calm, we feel our need, our thirst. And that is good – for when we thirst for God, God responds in incredible ways.