Following God to a Beautiful Place
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Thought for the Day: Finding God
In the midst of a new reality, at least for awhile, there is a huge cloud that seems to follow each of us. “Stay inside”, “Go for a walk but stay 6 feet away”, “Don’t go anywhere that is not a necessity”, and “Don’t break the curfew” seem to be mentioned throughout the day. I have found myself holding my breath when I walk near someone at the park and feel ashamed when I go to the grocery store thinking someone is going to give me a virus that will be passed to my family. “What does a person do?”
Today, I went to the park again, by myself. Yes, I held my breath when I walked past someone, and I made sure I was at least six feet away from all I saw. Then, I found myself in a section that is so secluded. I thought, “I can either keep going in the same direction as normal or I can walk further up the secluded trail.” I chose the secluded trail. I felt myself calm down and feel God’s presence instead of the feeling of fear and doubt. And, to be honest, I wanted to look for some deer that I normally see on that trail.
As I walked, I took my time and saw beauty in every direction. I took pictures of the trail itself and of many of the plants that shown beautifully as the sun shown through. Finishing the thirty-minute walk through the secluded section, I did not see “my” deer. I continued my walk near my normal trail.
Then it happened, I looked up to the top of the hill and saw a deer, two deer, three deer…five deer. I worked hard to get even one picture to focus. As I watched, I noticed the direction the deer were walking. So, I followed. I followed them to a path I had not been on before, and one that would give me the greatest surprise. The five deer seemed to appear in front of me once again. But this time, it felt as if they trusted me and they each seemed to give me a pose. Okay, alright, so they were probably just watching me closely, but I can always dream. I took so many pictures of those spectacular creatures. As I continued my walk, I realized I was on a trail I always “watched” from afar and never tried. I am so glad God gave me those deer who led me to a beautiful place.
In these days, these days of pandemic, God has not stopped trying to get our attention, but He has had to do it in different ways. Yesterday, my attention was captured by a family of deer whose beauty took me to a new place, a placed secluded where my attention could be given all to God. Where is that quiet place for us right now? Where can we be nearest to God? Where can we be a “Mary” in the midst of a storm to find our peace in the Master? Can we slow down today enough to hear his voice through the “deer”?
Prayer: God, thank you! Thank you for bringing our attention to you, even in the midst of a pandemic. You are near to all of us right now, but so much is happening around us that we can’t see you. Help us “see” You throughout our days and help us find peace.
Prayer Focus: Those needing to feel God.