Have you ever had a thirst you just can’t quench? Is there something or someone in your life you long to be with but no matter how much you are it’s never enough?
Who knew that filling the dog’s water dish could lead to a lesson on the power of thirst and longing?
All of us who have the pleasure of being dog parents know that just like humans their personalities are unique.
I see it every day with Miley and Sadie. One of the most noticeable ways is how they drink water. Now you wouldn’t think that would be that different from dog to dog, but it sure is for my two.
You see, Miley is very dainty and demure. She is quiet and neat when she drinks, taking slow small, shallow sips. In fact, if you are not in the room with her when she is drinking you would never know that she got a drink.
Not Sadie. Sadie takes long, loud, deep, sloppy, gulps of water. The water flies everywhere. You can hear her drinking from anywhere in the house.
As I mused about this Psalm 42:1(AMP) flashed into my mind. “As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, So my soul pants [longingly for You, O God.”
I had to ask myself,” Do I long for you Jesus as much as a deer longs for water?” Do I drink deeply of you like Sadie does or do I take polite little sips like Miley?
I want a Sadie longing for Jesus. I want to lean into Him with every once of my being, approaching Him without any kind of hesitation or restraint. And I want to center my entire life on Him.
But wanting and doing are two separate things.
If I’m completely honest many days, I’m more like Miley than Sadie in my desire to be in an all-in relationship with Jesus.
I let so many things distract me from centering on Him alone.
For instance, what about morning quiet time? I have decided that each day will start with a dedicated time alone with Him. Entirely focusing on Him, reading His Word, praying and getting my assignments for the day from Him.
On the mornings I have that kind of quiet time it is a special time that sets the tone for the entire day. But some days I take a quick peek at my phone before I start. You know, checking email and Facebook. Oh, and I better check the weather.
Next thing I know, the morning has passed, and I have to move on to other commitments.
Why? Why do I do that? I wish I knew the answer. One thing I do know is that I don’t like the days I take little sips of Him instead of big gulps.
“God didn’t primarily create us so we would do things for Him. Or even to learn lessons about Him. His primary reason for creating us is so we can be with Him.” Allen Arnold – The Story of With
It doesn’t have to be a “sippy cup” day. It can be a “big gulp” day every day. Sit for a moment. Take a deep breath and listen to this song before you finish reading.
“Our goal as people who follow Christ should be no less than becoming people who are madly in love with God.” Francis Chan – Crazy Love
I’m praying that I will be madly in love with Him. Praying that my thirst to be with Him cannot be quenched, wanting Him more than I want anything else. That doesn’t mean other things are bad or wrong. I just need to keep them in proper perspective. It just means my day is centered on Him.
Where are you in your relationship with God? Do you sip or gulp in your relationship with Him?
This post first appeared October, 31, 2017