“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.” Psalms 42: 1
It took me years to figure out what this scripture was all about. Being the child of pastors I had a pretty good idea of what I thought it meant. But it was not until I became older that I experienced it first hand. Sometimes you get to a place in your life where nothing satisfies you anymore. After enjoying all of the pleasures that the world has to offer, after fulfilling whatever desires you might have, just maybe you might find that there is something missing. I have heard stories of people who had everything that they wanted in this world and found out that they still were not happy.
At this stage in my life I do not want for many things. Even though God is in my life, I find myself wanting more of him. The more I experience him, the more that I want more of him. When I lay down at night and all is quiet, I am able to hear myself think and listen to the cries of my soul. Even last night my soul cried out to God for more of his presence. My soul thirsts for him. I wonder if some people realize that their souls may thirst for God. Maybe that is why they keep looking for comfort and love in all of the wrong places. I wonder if there is a course that we can take to teach us how to listen to our souls. Maybe there would not be so much drug addictions and other types of addictions. Who knows? Take time out to get quiet and listen to what your soul is saying. It may be crying out for help. It could be crying out for healing. It could be longing to be healed of emotional hurts, disappointments, bereavement, hatred, envy, strife, jealousy and other things. And if that is the case, the soul is definitely thirsting for God because only God can heal all of these things and more. What is your soul saying today?