Scripture: Psalm 42
Key verses: (1-3)
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”
Reflection: What was life like for the writer of this psalm? The longing and emptiness can be felt with each stanza. The thirst for God seems to come from desperation. I don’t know what life was like then but I know the parched places in our lives today. Our lives are filled with ringtones, notifications and sounds demanding our time. It is a struggle to find time to stop when we are over-programmed and our to-do list could not possibly get done in one day. We long for quiet moments with God.
So find some. Go outside and find a bench. For five minutes absorb every detail. Find a piece of art and breathe. Take a walk down a different hallway or a different street. Discover a secret spot that you can return to over and over. Give yourself permission to have lunch by yourself.
Create a quiet moment today. Awareness of God’s world and creating time to be in the presence of God leads us to contentment and gratitude.
Prayer: God, quench the parched places of my life. I pray in the name of the one who offers us living water. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].