BEFORE BEGINNING TAKE A MOMENT TO QUIET YOURSELF as you invite god to feed your soul.
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 42:1-5
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
In the midst of this great coldness toward God there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic. They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray, “O God, show me thy glory.” They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.
I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.
(Pursuing the Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer)
Take a few moments and think about things that are thirsty or in need of water. Some examples are fields, trees, deserts, whales, trees, our eyes — you can be general or specific. Make a list of these things.
Write down words or phrases for what water does. For example, water: flows, shapes, pools, consumes, drips, quenches, splashes, etc.
See if these phrases, images, and words can help form a prayer or can weave together a short reflection or poem. Don’t worry about making it “perfect” or even worthy of sharing. Just take this time to create and share with God.
Creator God, help us to hunger and thirst for you. Help us to seek you first. May we trust that you will provide even when we cannot see, hear, or feel you. May we continue to put our hope in you, praising you, our Savior and our God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.