“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”Psalm 42:1-2
Earlier this summer on my husband’s day off, he and I planned a bike ride that began at a bridge arching the Chickahominy River. It was a mid- 90s day with high humidity, and we had gotten a late start. Because of the heat, I stopped often to drink from my water bottle. In very little time we were absolutely miserable, and by the time we got back to the bridge, I just wanted to jump into the river! The heat made me desperate for water—both inside and out!
God’s children are given a supernatural thirst for Living Water, a vibrant relationship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit first woos us to this river with His love and grace. He sometimes uses heat to help us recognize our need for Him. And if our hearts stray for a time into the desert of trusting-in-other-things, He’ll draw us back to this water. One way God does this is through the process of suffering—times of heat and seasons of drought are designed to produce the desire in us to trust Him and to crave Jesus alone. He is the satisfying Living Water you may drink of freely!
In times of heat, we may ask, “Is the Lord among us or not?” He answers with a refreshing outpouring of life-giving water—Jesus!