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Lost Fawn

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O, God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1-2

In the little one stop-light town where we vacation during the summer there is a herd of deer that roam the yards, streets, even Main Street, and the parks much to the delight of everyone except some avid gardeners. As my little nephews excitedly exclaim, “Look there are mommy deer, daddy deer, and baby deer!” What a pleasure to watch them quietly move gracefully by you.

One day I watched as a fawn was so distracted in its own grazing that it became separated from the safety of the doe and the fawn’s twin. When the fawn realized how far away from the mother he had wandered, he became frantic----running back and forth, here and there.

Observing this unfold before me, I thought how often I have been like that straying fawn in my relationship with Jesus. I was so intent and focused on my desires that I was slipping farther away from that close, nurturing, connection. I allowed distractions such as pleasure, leisure, and busyness to take precedence over spending time with my Lord.  Before realizing how far I have wandered from that spiritually nourishing closeness, fears and insecurities invade my thoughts. Whoa! What have I done?

The solution is simple----move back in the direction of my True Safety---Jesus Christ. Time with Him everyday is KEY.

Lord, You are my God, my True Safety. Please keep me stayed always close to You.

Claudia Jackson

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