Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty


Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd November 2013

‘You are the God who performs miracles…’ (Psalm 77:14 NIV)

Earlier this year I bought a new computer. I had my previous one for years and had grown quite used to it. I was comfortable with what it could do. But with age came a lack of speed, and it was taking me an age to open websites, save documents, and generally work my way round the system. So I splashed out and bought a newer model.

When I got it home and set up it seemed that a whole new world of possibilities had opened up. It was so fast and it could do things my old computer couldn’t. Every time I used it I seemed to discover something new it was able to do. It was like having a new toy and I had to keep going back to play with it. I wondered why it had taken me so long to update.

Several months passed and I’m sorry to say that it’s become a bit ‘old hat’. I now take my toy for granted. It’s become just another piece of equipment. The wonder has disappeared as I’ve become used to it; the excitement has dulled as I’ve become comfortable with what it can do.

That got me thinking.

There are many things that happen day after day that I’ve got so used to and am so comfortable with that I don’t stand back and view them with wonder and excitement.

So much of our daily experience is filled with miracles and yet I seem to accept them without a second thought.

The rising of the sun each day. The birth of a child. God’s unseen protection and guidance. All are miracles from the God of miracles, and yet the temptation is to reduce them to the commonplace and the ordinary because I’m so familiar with them.

If only I could recover that sense of wonder and excitement; If only I could say along with the Psalmist, “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles… I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:11–12)

Why don’t you take some time today, and everyday, to look at the world in which we live and open your eyes to the miracles going on all around?

I know I will.


Father, I’m sorry for the times when I have not considered the miracles that are taking place all around me. Help me to meditate on all your great works and give you the glory.

Have a good week looking for miracles.

Pastor Barry

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