A Thirsty Traveler
Mathew 5:13, Psalm 42:1-2
This year in Southern California we have been experiencing a terrible drought. Yesterday the soft patter of rain blessed our land with a short lived and partial quenching. The welcomed refreshment mostly wet our tongues and left us like unrequited lovers with a yearning for more. Oh that we would also be as thirsty for our Lord.
The psalmist speaks to this in Psalm 42 as he describes his own desire for God. "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living god." Mathew 5:6 reminds us that we should "hunger and thirst after righteousness," It goes on later in chapter 5 verse 13 to say:"you are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?"
How do these passages relate? Have you noticed that most times when you eat something salty, you almost always crave something to drink? I've noticed that pizza is a great thirst stimulator. It is likely because of the high sodium content. It can make me especially thirsty for hours after consuming even a couple of slices. Perhaps the answer to how we can encourage our hearts towards a stronger thirst for our Lord is by staying salty. For the sake of fun I like to call it pizza partnering.
All of the beatitudes listed in Mathew 5 list the basic experiences and attitudes that we as Christians should be familiar with. They all begin with the word:"Blessed" showing us that our Lord knows the trials and emotions that plague us, yet He will bless us through them. They are a part of life if we are truly salted believers. The phrases just before the sentence "you are the salt of the earth" state that we are "Blessed" when we are "reviled and persecuted falsely for my sake."
These speak to me by saying that while I don't strive for persecution, trials, and troubles, my attitude when they arrive should be one of joy and the effect should be a stronger thirst for my Lord. I pray that in my every day encounters with others my speech and actions will always be full of grace as well as salty, so that others will desire to know my savior. Perhaps my saltiness when sliced carefully with grace will make me a better pizza partner as well.
When Thirsty Hearts Be Quenched
The flowers lift their heads
With mouth and heart wide open
Receiving from the heavens
His grace in rain that's given.
With praises lifted in response
We see their leaves are raised
In thanks to Him who gave them life
And considered all their days.
Oh that we would praise as well
When thirsty hearts be quenched
Would ne'er forget to lift our hearts
Nor cease to be content.
by Iris Carignan (2015)