This is Norman…a sweet and awesome dog. Not the brightest in the pack, but he’s good for hugs, cuddles, and all the warm and fuzzy (a lot of fuzzy) you want in a dog.
Around these parts, we’ve had some snow (l ess than an inch) the last few days…which makes Norm a happy puppy. He loves to run, slide, and eat snow (who doesn’t, right?) When he’s inside he sits at the sliding glass door, gazing out over the white backyard. On occasion you might hear a soft whimper as he pines to run free, or at least as far as the fence will allow. If someone moves Norm’s head spins to see if you’re headed his way. His tail thumps, he looks back and forth between you and the door, only to deflate as you turn the wrong way to let him out. He huffs and lowers himself back to the floor and resumes his vigil – longing to be outside.
Watching this, a thought came to my mind (yes that does happen to me from time to time)…I should be more like Norm. My desire to walk with God, to know my Savior, to worship Him, to honor Him, should look a lot like Norm longing to go outside.
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. 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? [Psalm 42:1-2 ESV]
The idea of getting closer to God, the opportunity to worship Him, should energize me. Does it? I sing about thirsting for Him, but do I? Do I “pant” after Him? Do I hunger for Him? Do I let the world distract me? Do I try to quench my thirst and hunger for the world? Am I too easily satisfied?
Jesus is the Bread of Life, the Living Water, what more does my soul need?
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. [John 6:33-35 ESV]
Why look elsewhere? It seems I over complicate things too often. Perhaps it’s not overcomplication, it’s more a self-centered “do it my way” type of thing. One would think I’d have learned my lesson…I’ve run into many a brick wall trying to do things “my way.” What I need to do is take a lesson from good ol’ Norm…watch, wait, and be ready.