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My boys love water. It doesn’t matter how much they get to play in it, they are always ready for more. They are rarely ready to get out of the bathtub at the end of bath time. 

On a summertime trip to our local amusement park, it was no different. We had spent a considerable amount of time in the water park floating down the lazy river, zipping down water slides, and playing on the kid’s water playground. Afterward, we dried off and headed to other parts of the park to enjoy some rides.

When we arrived at the kid’s ride area, there was a series of water fountains to play in. Do you know what my boys did? They begged to play in them as if they had been in the desert for days and hadn’t seen a drop of water. As they ran through those fountains, they giggled and laughed as if it was the only place in the world they wanted to be at that moment. 

As my wife and I sat on the bench and watched them play, I thought of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 42: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God” (vs. 1). “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me” (vs. 7). Here the Psalmist expresses a deep desire for God and the refreshment that comes from him. Like my boys at the water fountains, the Psalmist is seeking after God passionately. 

We oftentimes equate the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture reading, fasting, and worship as those things that we ought to do. They are merely something to check off our to-do list. However, seeking after God should look more like my boys seeking after the next water fountain. We can’t wait to get there and we relish in the refreshment that we find.

Are you seeking after God with this kind of passion or are you treating it like a job to get done? When we seek God in this manner, we find life and joy and peace that only comes from God himself. Then we will be seeking God as Jesus did and we will grow Jesus strong.