These kittens know what’s inside the door and that it’s time for it to be brought out to their food bowl. They jump on the door and scratch in anticipation. Squeaks, purrs, and meows fill the air. They strain to see any indication they will be fed. They’re not really starving, but apparently they feel like they are.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” Psalms 42:1 NKJV
The kittens’ antics reminded me of the verse above. As I understand it, from the Hebrew, the deer is panting because of thirst from being pursued. That’s a true need of water. More severe than the kittens’ hunger, but the kittens don’t know that. To them, their need is for food and that’s what they pursue.
We can learn from the deer and the kittens. Our soul’s need is God. He is Who we need to pursue.
Lord, help our souls pant for you – to pursue being close to you – For you are the Bread of Life and the Living Water.