“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”
This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to northern Wisconsin on a few fall days away. As I drove north, the fall scenery kept getting brighter and richer in color. It felt like driving deeper and deeper into a beautiful painting or picture and my eyes were fixed on the tapestry of colors (while still watching the road!).
This feeling of going deeper into the beauty of the fall colors reminded me of our faith and going deeper in our relationship with God, with the church and with one another. When we work to intentionally go deeper in these relationships with our time and through prayer, worship, study, care, service and generosity, the ties that bind us to God, to the church and to one another will grow strong. Going deeper is like a tree that has deep roots. That tree won’t be blown over by storms and can handle the weight of its branches and the fruit it bears.
Just like my eyes were fixed on the beautiful colors as I drove deeper into the ‘picture,’ when our eyes are fixed on Jesus, we will be more focused and less distracted. Going deeper in any relationship starts by making room for that relationship. Just as the Psalmist reminds us that as the deer longs for flowing streams, our souls long to be in relationship. And as we go deeper in our relationship with God, with the church and with one another, we will know what we need, what we long for and what we have to give.
May we find ways to go deeper in this week and in the weeks ahead.