Today is Thoughtful Thursday at The Women In My World! I want to use these days to give you something to read, watch, or listen to that will really cause you to pause and think about your relationship with God and your Christian walk.
Today, I’m thinking about thirst. Have you ever been in that place where you are just thirsty for God? This morning I was reading in Psalm 42:1-2 and I realized that the more God meets with me, the more I see Him moving in my life, the more I crave His presence. It becomes like an unquenchable thirst.
Psalm 42:1-2 “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?”
There are times in our lives when we know God is present but we do not physically feel Him or sense Him. He seems quiet and distant. But, because we know God’s character, we know that isn’t accurate. We just aren’t as in tune with Him sometimes as we are at others. In those times, we long to feel that divine connection to our Father and sometimes we chase after Him by filling our plate full of God things and hoping to impress Him. We hope that by checking all of the God like items off of our to do list, we will please Him and He will want to connect with us. That’s not how God operates. God is not impressed by our to do lists. He’s impressed by our focus on an authentic relationship with Him. When we set aside all of our pretenses and truly seek a relationship with Him, above all else, He meets with us there.
I have been reading through, and co leading a small group, on the book Chasing God by Angie Smith. She tackles this issue in such a real and relatable way. (Plus she is just terribly cute and hilarious! I adore her writing style and humor!).
She reminds us that often times, when we are thirsty for God we exhaust ourselves by doing all of the things that we think will allow us to catch God, instead of simply allowing ourselves to seek Him where He will most often be found.
Those times when we feel His arms of love wrapped around us, when we can literally feel Him guiding, protecting, and leading us, those are the times when we are meeting with Him in the way He calls us to. He wants us to seek a relationship with Him instead of making our Christain walk about doing certain things, looking a certain way, and living a certain life. He doesn’t want us to chase Him. He wants a real relationship with us. He seems to penetrate our thoughts and our daily activities in every way when connect with Him in prayer, His word, and an attitude of worship. In those places, we will meet with Him in such a real and divine way!
Because I know what it feels like to physically feel His presence, I just don’t want to ever feel the distance come between us. It’s like the psalmist writes. My soul just thirsts for Him. I want to feel His continued presence in my life and His hand upon me.
I’ve loved Angie Smith’s book, Chasing God. It has helped me to take a look at my relationship with my Heavenly Father and to identify the areas where I’m involved in a relationship with Him and the areas where I am just chasing Him. It has changed my quiet time, my prayer life, and my thoughts on my Christian life. It is a must read if you’ve been in that place where you are doing everything that you think will make you a good Christian but you are missing out on that relationship and you are thirsting for him.
Think about it and grab a copy of this book. 🙂
Love and blessings,