“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” ~ Psalm 42:1
A deer panting for water has probably been on a long chase or perhaps it is trying to beat the summer heat. Tired and weary it eagerly searches and makes its way towards the water stream. It longs for the water stream because only that can satisfy its thirst; helping it to get rejuvenated and refreshed. After having drunk from the water stream, it’s now ready to move on ahead. The tired deer will go as far as it takes to get to the water stream. It knows that the one thing it needs is water and nothing else will do. Eagerly, frantically with a pursuing spirit it makes its way to where the water is and finally finds it.
Sometimes we get tired of the way things are in life. Just tired of trying to make ends meet, tired to doing good to others, tired of keeping up to deadlines, tired of putting up with a work load, tired of giving in to people’s requests, tired of being told what to do all the time, tired of this and tired of that…so many things. We feel vexed, annoyed, angry and irritable. We look out for that one something to sustain us, to help us carry on. And what is that one thing?
David who wrote Psalm 42, ‘My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?’ David knew what would sustain him, what would help him carry on – the presence of God. And that’s what he longed for from deep within. He understood that while in God’s presence he will find the strength to carry on.
Are you feeling tired of life, tired of living, tired of keeping up to things, then just put aside all other things and be alone with God. Choose to be alone with God in prayer. God’s presence will strengthen you to carry on, through each day, helping you take one day at a time.
“Dear Jesus, it’s so wonderful to know that when I’m tired and out, I can come to You, for You are always there. You help me carry on and sustain me. I cast all my cares upon You. Amen.”