Bambi. I usually can't see a deer without thinking of the Disney movie. There are tons of deer here. I see them multiple times each day. I've seen so many this last week that I don't think of Bambi anymore. I almost think it's normal to see a deer dart in front of you while driving, running or mowing the lawn. Lately my mind has started going other places deer.
A couple of days ago when I was running, I saw a deer drinking from the drainage ditch next to the main road of our subdivision. There were two ducks floating beside it in the puddle. This picture so accurately describes where I live.
As I ran the other morning, I sang this Psalm, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1
I looked at the deer. I was able to get really close to the deer because she was so thirsty, the things that usually scare her didn’t drive her away from the water. I told God I want to be like that deer. I want to want Him so badly that the things that usually scare me won’t drive me away from the Water.
Then, last night as I was leaving Bible study, we saw three bucks, hugs bucks, darting through the parking lot. These guys were so fast, they looked like black streaks in the dusk air. The children and I just sat and watched them for a couple of minutes and then when they started really galloping and leaping quick, we chased after them in our car. They just kept on running, never looking back. They didn’t look scared. No deer in the headlights looks came from these three! They just kept going until they got to the edge of the woods and disappeared.
I thought of this verse, “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.”
The Message uses the word “surefooted” to describe this deer. I told the Lord I want to be like those deer. I want to be surefooted. I want to climb to the heights and stand there. If I know where I are going, I won’t look back with those deer in the headlight eyes of fear and indecision. I will run with sure feet, eyes on the prize, able to ignore the things that used to distract me with fear. I will run forward ready to drink deeply from the Water on my path.
Where are you headed today? Can you run ahead confidently? Will you take time to stop and drink deeply next to the ducks?
“I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:32