“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.”
It’s getting hot out there! For many of “us Texans,” 7-ELEVEN Slurpee drinks (think, “Slushy”) are a refreshing way to beat the heat. The other day, while filling my 48-oz Slurpee cup (limeade – YUM!), I noticed a slogan next to the “Big Gulp” machine. It read: “Drink like you mean it!”
That evening, I took my two Labradors for a long walk around a nearby nature preserve. Both were panting like crazy, so I let them off the leash to make a mad dash to a small running stream. They lapped and lapped, rolled, and lapped some more. They “drank like they meant it!” – returning to me with smiles on their faces.
Walking back home, Psalm 42:1-2 came to my mind. It wasn’t long before I knew what God’s Spirit was saying: “As your dogs pant for streams of water, does your soul pant for me, Caroline? Do you “Drink like you mean it?” A conversation ensued. The power of Bible memory at work!
How about you? Do you yearn and thirst for the Living God? Do you “Drink like you mean it?” If not, your soul may be dangerously dehydrated. So, lap up God’s word this summer; soak in His presence through prayer. In Him alone, we can find quenching refreshment to beat the heat!
Seize “thirsty” opportunities with your kids this summer to help them “see” and “link” today’s passage in a memorable way.
Family “LINK” Activity:
1. Before a summertime outing, write Psalm 42:1-2a (in short phrases) on large disposable cups or water bottles; one for each person. (Use permanent marker to avoid smudging)
NOTE: If you have children who are not yet reading, draw parts of the verse, i.e. “deer”, “stream.”
2. After some “thirst-inducing” fun in the sun, give each person an ice cold water bottle or cup of refreshing lemonade. While drinking, ask them how it feels to be thirsty, and then talk about how our bodies need water to stay healthy, especially in the high heat.
3. Read or recite the verse. Explain: Just as our physical bodies crave water, our soul (the unseen “heart-part” of us) thirsts for spiritual water/refreshment that only comes from God.
4. Have fun lining up the bottles/cups in order of the passage.
5. Before bed, “drink” in God’s word by reading and “soak in” his presence through prayer.
Refreshing Water Tip:
Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to a big glass of water. Some experts believe this is the best, most effective thirst quencher. Lemon juice is an excellent source of citric acid, which stimulates our salivation so our mouths will not be dry. Give it a try!