God has graciously uses my children to illustrate Biblical ideas in my life in ways that I see just how foolish I am at times. This afternoon He did it again.
You are likely familiar with the passage in Psalms 42:1–2 that says this, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
It is because of this text and others like it in Scripture that we see this similarity between our desire for water as we thirst and our desire for God. I have felt that desire to know God more, to be closer to God, to be more about God in my life and I’ve prayed asking God to quench my thirsty soul. So which of my crazy children illustrated this for me today?
Berkley Boo once again made mad laugh and shake my head before seeing myself in her comments. Prior to MuckFest I got in the car with Laura to run by TacoBell and grab Tacos for those helping with setup.As we drove Berkley complained, “Mom I’m so thirsty.” Laura asked, “Where is your water?” Berkley, responded, “right next to me.” Laura shaking her head, “Then why aren’t you drinking your water, don’t complain.” Berkley responds, “Cause I’m reading a book.”
Really Boo? Let me get this right. You are complaining that you are thirsty, and the water is in a mere inch or two from your hand and you are choosing to read a book instead of drink the water?
I know she is not yet three year old, but this is ridiculous for anyone. So where do you think I saw myself in this?
Yeah, I whine in prayer to God that I’m thirsty and I ask Him to fix that and a mere inches from me is His Word that quenches the thirst of my soul like nothing else on this planet. Yet, I decide to do a hundred other things at that moment instead of drinking deeply from the Word of God.
Wow, I’m a three year old. This is good for me to know though. Seeing how stupid I am at times helps me to correct that stupidity. So am I thirsty? I am, but I also know that drinking from the readily available Word of God will feed my soul. Are you thirsty? Put down whatever you are doing and drink deeply refreshing your soul.