Psalm 42:1-2 – As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (NIV)
I'm sitting here at the weir in Montreat, North Carolina, USA, having my morning coffee. The sound of the water falling over the small dam is very peaceful, and reminds me of Psalm 42. As the water cascades, I feel the presence of God's blessings all around me. I recognize that He is the source of all the goodness and grace that I know. He is the Sustainer of all the life beside me: the fish in Lake Susan, the people chatting at other tables, and even the small ants that are foraging all over my picnic table.
When I was a child, I used to sing a hymn called "God is always near me". Today, I feel like a child again, cherished by my heavenly Father, loved by His Son, and comforted by the Holy Spirit. This is a trysting place for me, where heaven and earth gently meet and meld into one. I am glad to be here, and just as the deer pants for water when exhausted and ready to fall, I am also ready to be refreshed and renewed by the living water of the one triune and everlasting God.
Let us all take time today to find a trysting place and come to the holy waters, where God is waiting to renew, refresh, and re-inspire our weary souls.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sacred places and trysting moments. Thank You for whispering Your peace in our hearts and placing Your abiding presence in our souls. Help us to come and find You and be found by You today, to be blessed by Your grace and strengthened by Your love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.