As The Deer

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He was not at the water.

Instead, he was standing at a large stone where a few spindly branches with bright green leaves were growing.

Leaves are good food and they do have moisture inside, but leaves are not water.

Not an endless, flowing stream.

Although I didn’t see it, I am sure he looked for water when he was thirsty and found it.

Deep within us is a longing to connect with God, our Father.

We are thirsty for that connection as a deer is thirsty for water.

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As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.

—Psalm 42:1

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Do Not Fear

 

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After camping in an area for three days, I still had not seen a deer.

I had hoped to photograph some of these graceful creatures, since I knew that they had the reputation of being there.

A raccoon came the first day.

(It wasn’t even dark.)

An opossum walked across the road in front of me.

A large crab had even lumbered along.

But a deer?

Not this time.

God always knows our hearts even before we tell him what we are feeling.

In fact, even if we choose not to tell him our feelings, He knows them, anyway.

Given this truth, God already knew I wanted to see a deer, so, I believe He let me see one before I left the wilderness.

Just as my husband and I were leaving the campground in our car, we found ourselves at a stop sign with a deer right beside us!

Instead of running away swiftly into the brush, he remained calm.

He was calm when we looked at him through our car windows.

He was calm when I got out of the car.

He was calm when I walked closer to him.

He was calm when I began snapping pictures of him as he walked around, so close to me.

Was he afraid?

Not really.

I think he felt safe.

As believers, we are not supposed to live in fear.

We find these words in the book of Isaiah:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–chapter 41, verse 10

And these words in the book of 2 Timothy:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

—chapter 1, verse 7

When challenging situations occur in our lives, do we trust God and remain calm?

Are we calm when the problem is just “sitting at a stop sign”?

Are we calm when the problem starts to come a little closer?

Are we calm when strange, little “clicking boxes” of the problem are pointed our way?

Or, are we terrified and fearful?

The deer we saw displayed such a lack of fear, we couldn’t help but notice.

When we are trusting in God during difficult circumstances, do others notice our lack of fear and our abundance of faith?

If we are not trusting in God, what is it that they see?

 

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