As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.
The gifts will soon be opened, food devoured, traditions fulfilled, and we will rest in satisfaction. Weeks, perhaps even months, building up to this one day, this one season of celebration, all culminating on December 25th. And the end product? We sit back in our lazy chair and release a sigh of fulfilling relief.
Sometimes I wonder if this routine may be compared to receiving the gift of salvation. We are born into a world of reckless confusion and struggle to find our way. We build up hopes and expectations for what we will become. We search for meaning; for purpose, a place to belong and then, Christ is born into our life as a small babe and we find rest; sweet, gentle rest. We hear Him utter a small coo and our spirit is mysteriously settled. We have received what we have been searching for and we may finally sit back and sigh out of sheer satisfaction.
Every soul longs to be with his creator and master. A hunger has been instilled, within each of us, for communion with our Father. When we accept salvation, we receive the answers to our life questions and our hunger is satisfied. As we prepare for this holiday season, I must ask, how hungry are you? Are you still looking for the perfect gift? Or are you sighing in awe of the work of your Creator? God provided a way for us to find perfect and eternal peace through Jesus Christ. If you are still “shopping,” I challenge you to browse through the pages of the Bible; you might find just what you’re looking for.