I told Caleb I would stay until the first water break and then I would come back…before the end of class…
Caleb implored…but what time will you be back?
I said…about 15 minutes before class is over…around 10:15…
Okay Mommy, but who will watch me when you are gone?
Such heartbreaking words for a weary mom who wants just a few precious moments to herself.
Those moments flew with the breeze and I hurried as quickly as my stubby legs would escort me to the gym where Caleb played soccer.
As the Lord would have it, I returned to my place on the hard bench just in time to see Caleb being gently taken to the bench by his teacher for a rest after a tumble on the hardwoods.
A Mom…a little wee one…across the chasm of a gymnasium…ever increasingly moist eyes searching for who belongs to those eyes…then eyes lock and lips begin to quiver and legs begin to race across the floor avoiding other running legs and a torpedo like ball…outstretched arms capture a sweaty boy who missed his mommy.
Mommy I’m thirsty!
The mom that I am…the mom that I have become just happens to have a water bottle filled with icy goodness…perfect for a parched little guy.
I need to run more often into the outstretched arms of my Father and breathlessly tell Him…
“Daddy, I am so thirsty!”
With the same confidence that Caleb knew that his body would be met with an embrace and sustenance that would satisfy his needs…I can be asssured that the Father will bring refreshment to my soul…whatever I need…whether I lap up water in gulps like my dog or if I just take sips to keep me to filled to capacity…
How wonderful that God does not get tired like I do…that He is always watching even when I take leave and how He longs to fill me with Himself.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107: 8-9
I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).
John 6: 35 (AMP)
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Isaiah 40: 28-31 (AMP)
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
II Chronicles 16: 9a (ESV)
Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.
Psalm 73: 23-26 (AMP)
…and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Hebrews 13: 5 (AMP)
I hope that God is satisfying you with Himself and long cool swallows of His ever-present goodness today!