Are you thirsty today?
Psalm 143:6 I spread out my hands to You, God ... My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.
News of Covid-19 is everywhere. It's hard not to be distracted by it.
If we let it, the Covid-19 chaos and trauma will distract us from God's steadfast love, His mercy and His grace. We will miss the beauty of the northern hemisphere's emerging growth of summer. We won't notice the various shades of green leaves, the multi-coloured irises, the blue forget-me-nots, the lush pink peonies, the periwinkles – the garden bouquets of colourful flowers all created by God.
Let's not miss anything!
Instead, let's choose to appreciate the warmth of the summertime sun - it's ability to light up dark places just like the Son, God's only begotten Son, who shines His light and His love into all the dark places in our hearts, and in our minds, and in our circumstances.
Human arms may hug us and human hands may touch us, but it is God's arms and hands that hold us up as we struggle through life's blows. We can be hemmed in on all sides, but God can lift us up and out.
As we look at the portrait of Jesus that the Bible shares with us, we see how He lifted the children up into His arms. He touched them. He blessed them. We are never too old for Jesus to lift and touch and bless us.
In the midst of your reading of these words, is your soul longing for God as you would long for a thirsty land? He's just one word away.
His one word is "Come". Our one word is "Yes".
May the peace that passes all understanding, the peace that He promises, be yours in this very moment and in every moment to come.