“God, You are my God! Earnestly I seek You. [My soul] thirsts for You and my body longs for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Father, on this earth, in this life, it does so often feel like trudging through a desert with no water in sight.
I have lived in New Mexico on the edge of the desert. When we drove anywhere, we never left without five gallons of water and provisions to spend the night in case we broke down or had a flat. Some of the places were so remote we could not count on help coming quickly. After hearing stories of people perishing, we learned to adapt to the environment and its challenges.
It’s beginning to feel like our country has become a spiritual desert. Oases of living water, wells of wisdom, pools of purity, have been blown over and filled in with the sands of sin and the dust of depravity.
Truly, even those who call themselves Christians have been seared by the heat of materialism and humanism and tolerance, to the point that they are almost unrecognizable as followers of Christ. A desert indeed.
But I have seen You at work – in my life – the lives of loved ones. I have seen You answer prayer. I have beheld Your power and glory! And because of this, I will sing praise to You as long as I live. I will lift up my hands to honor You. Trying to fall asleep, I will count my blessings.
You satisfy my soul as my stomach is satisfied with the richest of flavors. The deepest of chocolates!
You have been my help during times of stress, sorrow, helplessness, fear, anger, doubt, and frustration. And also You have rejoiced with me in times of incomparable joy, happiness, thankfulness, relief, delight, and quiet contentment.
You are like a mother hen that spreads her wings of protection over her chicks. Like Your child, I run under Your wings and cling to You.
Thank You! That when I seek You, I find You. That when I hunger and thirst for You, Your Word fills me up. That when I cling to You, I am safe and protected.
Let our lost loved ones turn to You now. Let our country turn to You now. During this time of stress, fear, anger, helplessness, and sorrow to come, be the Water of Life that saves us in the desert.
And we will give You praise! Amen