“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?”
When I was a kid growing up in South Mississippi, I loved playing baseball. Like many kids in America, I had a dream of playing in the major leagues. I’m not sure how many people know this story, but when I was 12 years old in Dixie Youth Little League All Stars, I struck out Brett Favre. It’s my claim to fame and an on-going joke at our church, Graystone Church.
Growing up, I was never the kid sitting in the house watching TV or playing video games. I loved to be outside building tree forts in the woods, shooting hoops in the driveway or playing home run derby in the cul-de-sac with my friends. But my favorite thing to do was playing baseball with my dad (I.e. Think Kevin Costner’s character in the movie “Field of Dreams” playing catch with his dad). I vividly remember having all my baseball gear in the front yard waiting for my dad to come home from work. I had a bucket of tennis balls for batting practice, my bat, my glove, my dad’s glove, and a baseball.
Just as the deer thirsts for streams of water in Psalm 42, we should thirst for God. Just as I longed to play baseball with my dad, we should long to spend time with our Heavenly Father. The Psalmist asks the question, “When can I go and meet with God?” I like the idea of having a special appointment or meeting with God. Many of us would love to have a meeting with the President of the United States, a famous business leader or a popular celebrity. How much more incredible it is to have a meeting with the Creator of the Universe?
Let’s make it a goal each day to set aside time to spend alone with God. Our meeting with God could be on our back porch, in our office, at the kitchen table, or on our knees at our bedside. Find a place and a time that works best for you, and let’s commit to developing a close, personal relationship with God. A true disciple of Jesus desires intimacy with God.
Jonathan Howes has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University and a Master in Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the lead pastor for Graystone Church. Locations include the Ozora Campus: 1551 Ozora Road Loganville, GA 30052, the Walton Campus: 723 N Broad St Monroe, GA 30655 and the Oconee Campus: 1275 Lenru Road Bogart, GA 30622.
Phone: (770) 466-3159