As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?
(Psalm 42: 1-2 ,NLT)
What a beautiful picture the Psalmist paints of a deer panting for flowing streams of water. The deer knows where to find the water source when he needs to replenish his body.
Perhaps when visiting the mountains, you have experienced a little dehydration due to elevation. Maybe you have realized that only cold water will quench your thirst. While this water will surely keep our bodies hydrated, what about our souls?
Have you ever felt spiritually dehydrated? Sometimes we may miss the symptoms of a dehydrated soul. Perhaps we are even more likely to miss symptoms when all is going well. Are you paying attention to your soul? Do you allow God into your life through prayer and his Word? Do you have other Christians in your life? Are you connected to a body of believers? Are your emotions leading you or is God? Do you have joy in your heart or is it calloused? Answering these questions honestly will refresh your soul and direct your heart towards God rather than the watered down resources the world offers.
I remember a time when I was so thirsty for God that even one verse from scripture brought me back to life. Refreshed and beautifully hydrated.
God the father reminded me that He is my source of life.
Jesus, His Son, said, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” (John 6:35)
The Holy Spirit nudges me daily, as a deer looking for that stream, to drink deep in his Word to rehydrate my soul.