“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who
it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,\’ you would have asked Him, and
He would have given you living water.” – John 4:10 nkjv

The church service began as usual with our singing a few choruses
followed by a time called “Select a Hymn” – a favorite with the members
of our congregation.

As the pianist, I\’m challenged when this time rolls around. I never
know which hymn will catch someone\’s eye on any given evening. Some
nights, I know them all. At other times, I\’m at a loss, but since I can
play ‘by ear,\’ some of the songs I manage to pick my way through
without sounding completely tone deaf.

At one point, the guitarist, Amy, said to the drummer and me, “I\’d like
to sing ‘As the Deer,\’” but we were so busy trying to keep up with the
current selections, she didn\’t get a chance to request it.

The song leader seemed ready to wind the session down when he said to
one man who had been very persistent in raising his hand, “Which number
did you select, young man?”

He stated the hymn number, and out of over 500 hymns in our book, he had chosen “As the Deer.”

Amy\’s face lit up. The three of us praised the Lord with her as we sang
the words in Psalm 42:1, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so
pants my soul for You, O God.”

I thought how wonderful it was that the desire of her heart to praise
the Lord with a certain song was granted. How many times have you
prayed for something and the Lord answered with a resounding, “Yes!” to
your request?

If the Lord knows the number of hairs on your head, He knows the
desires of your heart. Of course, sometimes God says, “No” or “Not
now,” but isn\’t it wonderful when a prayer is answered so quickly? I
loved it!

I have found through personal experience if I drink a glass of water
first thing in the morning, I\’m thirstier the entire day. I\’ve also
discovered if I read the Bible, pray, and seek God first thing in the
morning, I long for even more time to spend alone with Him. As the deer
pants for the water, my soul thirsts for God, the Living Water.

How about you? Are you thirsty?

Prayer: Lord, I praise You and long to draw closer to You. I thank You
for the Living Water that becomes a fountain springing up into
everlasting life. In Jesus\’ Name I pray, Amen.

Children's author and inspirational writer, Donna J. Shepherd, looks at everyday life and finds God's fingerprints everywhere. From bird watching to the Beatitudes, Donna's writing touches the heart with wisdom and humor while feeding the mind with daily portions of God's Word. She is currently a columnist for The Dabbling Mum and a staff poet for The Inspiration Station. Her articles and poetry have appeared in Reminisce Extra, Just Between Us, Guideposts for Kids, Penwomanship, Sisters in the Lord, and many more. Her devotionals appear in Daily Grace for Women, Devotional Reflections to Nourish Your Soul (Honor Books), and Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms (Warner Books).