This morning I opened the curtains looking out over our front yard. A young deer was standing on the lawn looking right back at me. She was way less interested in me than I was in her. She simply looked, saw and got right back to her business. I didn’t phase her morning. I didn’t upset her day.
The boys and I chatted about it on our drive to school. There are 3 deer that we see quite often in our neighbourhood. If we let the dandelions in the grass grow long enough they’ll stand and graze on them for quite some time. But most often they look as though they’re on a mission. They have a sense of unwavering about them.
We talked about how scripture likens our thirsty souls to a deer panting for water. Watching the long legged beauty march with determination up our street made this picture so clear. Every deer I’ve ever seen seems to have outstanding focus. They never look as though they’re just meandering for meanderings sake. They aren’t easily distracted by the goings on of the birds or the passing vehicles. They always seem to know where they’re going, what they’re doing, and with a specific goal in mind.
Oh that our lives would look like that. It seems that too easily we’re thrown and tossed by the circumstances of our days. We get good news and we’re over the moon, bad news and we’re hopeless, tragedy strikes and we’re angry, sickness falls and we grumble.
What if we were more like the deer, though. With our eyes set on our purpose, our mission, our goal. What if we were unwavering in our resolve because distractions were only that – distractions.
As we become more focused on Christ, our eyes and our hearts in tune with His, the happenings of this world should shake us less and less, should they not?
Because this world is not our goal. It was never meant to be. He is.
And this world is not our home. It was never meant to be. Our home is with Him.
While the things that we have in this world are nice, they were never intended to be what fill our lives. He is.
We can spend so much time being tossed to and fro by the waves of life, but if we keep our gaze fixed on Him who brings storms and celebrations, knowing that He is the author and the perfector of our lives – does it not steady us?
He is called our rock, our fortress, our shield, and cornerstone. He is our potter and our shepherd. He is our bread and our light.
Each of these offer us something special. They offer protection and guidance. They show how we are shaped and moulded, covered and cared for. They are our sustenance and our very way illuminated.
If we believe that God is really what these metaphors say He is, when our days look different then we imagined we need not be shaken. He is with us – providing, guiding, shaping and securing.
If we take Him at His word then we needn’t be tossed about by the waves, the waves of culture, the waves of circumstance, the waves of security or lack thereof.
We need only have our gaze fixed on Him. This means lifting it off of the things of this world. There’s simply no other place we can feel secure.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” Psalm 42:1
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12