Lately there’s been a lot of extra activity around my flower pots and garden. Maybe it’s because they all know that cold weather is right around the corner, and aren’t lulled into complacency by the recent heat wave like the rest of us. At any rate, the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees have been busier among my flowers than they’ve been all summer. In fact, they’ve been so absorbed in the accumulation of nectar and pollen that they’ve hardly seemed to mind when I came by with my camera.
Is this what it’s like to hunger and thirst, as the Scripture says, after God and His righteousness? “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?“ (Psalm 42:2)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.“ (Matthew 5:6)
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.“ (Psalm 107:9)
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)
I want to be like these little creatures.
Not lulled into complacency by the fleeting comforts that surround me. Not distracted by those who stand at the sidelines looking on. Free of the fear of what others may think. So utterly consumed with the desire to know God and His righteousness, that all else fades away in my pursuit to know and be filled.To drink to the fill and be completely satisfied, as He promises.
How about you?
We were standing at the edge of a steep bank. Late afternoon sunlight slanted gold through pine branches over our heads, highlighting the moist hummocks of brilliant green moss creeping along the slanting forest floor. Below us, a river, satiated with a deluge of rapidly melting snow, rushed it’s wild, joyful way down to bigger waters. The music of its abundant fullness reminded me of this verse:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:37-38)
A little river like this, wildly overflowing with springtime run-off, is exactly what I picture a life looking like as the fulfillment this verse. A life so brimful of Christ that it can’t even hold the goodness back—it pours out in utter abandon, literally gushing with the joy of it.
And the good news is: in our case, the source never diminishes like the banks of melting snow eventually will for this little river. The invitation is always open, the supply is endless. The only way we can possibly dry up is if we quit coming and drinking.
And how do you come and drink? It’s simple. Spend as much time as you can with Him. Read His Word. Talk to Him.
“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
May the river of living water that flows from you as a result be one hundred times more wildly beautiful and joyful than this one.