Learning from Deer!

Psalm 42: “1  As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2  I thirst for God, the living God.  When can I go and stand before him?” Richard and I have really enjoyed the caravan we bought last Easter. We weren’t sure how much we would use it but it proved to be a real blessing throughout the restrictions of last year and we have come to enjoy seeing the changing seasons and are currently working on encouraging as many different types of birds and butterflies to visit us this year, We have often seen deer as we have travelled up at dusk or returned in the early hours but last weekend was really exciting. I went for a walk Sunday afternoon and as I walked around the edge of the forest I saw a stag further up the path. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get very close to it but as I walked within his view, he disappeared with two or three does behind him. As we left Monday morning we were watched by another doe. In the Bible, deer serve as a reminder for people to maintain their surefootedness and devotion to God amidst the perils they can face on Earth. Deer also symbolise the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. One of my favourite songs is ‘As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after You. You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you.’ This song is based on Psalm 42 and reminds us of the need to thirst for God and seek His path in all that we do. If you have time to read the whole Psalm it goes on to describe how the writer is going through times of great discouragement and of how others mock His faith but that throughout it all He will put His trust in the Lord. When we become Christians, we are not promised an easy path but we are promised that God will never leave us, He loves us and cares for us in a way that nobody else can. When we go through difficult times, we have the assurance that we are not going though them on our own, we have a loving Father by our side and, when necessary, who will hold us in His arms. The Psalmist ends by saying : “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Saviour and my God!” Let’s keep our hope in God and trust Him to keep us surefooted as we follow Him. Ali