As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:1-2, 5, 11 NIV
In a dry place?
Are you in a time of struggling? Maybe you are in the middle of a long battle of unknown conclusions. You may be in a place of uncertainty of direction. It seems you are in this time alone. As you look around other people are happy and going about their business. But you are in a lonely trapped situation. Believe it or not, it is these places where our faith, knowledge and desire for God is deepened. Not so much in waves of joy but in developing muscles of trust, patience, and faith that God is aware and is present.
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42:7 NIV
It is healthy to wrestle with your emotions and mind as you rehearse God’s truths. You remind yourself there is no reason to feel so abandoned. You praise God when your heart does not feel like it. It is the sacrifice of praise. This is the deep calling for even deeper things of God. It is treasure, gold, precious jewels that you alone earned and possess. When you only have God, you are at the place of greatest strength in Him.
As your heart pants for God’s nourishing waters of strength and refreshing your soul, faith, and self-control of your emotions will strengthen and deepen. One day the sun will shine and you will be refreshed as you desire. But you will be a deeper, solid Christian. Times like these will make brighter the lightnside your heart.