Have you ever been around a crying baby? When babies cry they can’t express in words what they want, they just know something isn’t right. So when a baby is thirsty it just screams.
Since September I’ve been doing a discipleship course at St Thomas Crookes, in Sheffield. One of the things I’ve realised is that, before the course began, I was so thirsty for God without knowing it - I just knew something was wrong.
I think for most of us, we can sometimes feel like things aren’t making sense, that something is not right but that we cant figure out why. These feelings come out in the actions we take, in the way we interact with people and how we feel about our lives. I think that this is because often we are like crying babies – we don’t know we’re thirsty, we just know something isn’t right.
For me, this gap year has been a time of putting myself in a place to meet with God. Not a physical place as such, but setting aside an entire year to meet with Him in whatever way he chooses to meet with me.
When we meet Jesus we are invited to drink pure, clean, fresh water – and to quench the thirst we may not know we had. These times of meeting can be (and should be) on a daily and weekly basis. However, my prayer for us all is that at Ripon this year we will once again realise our need for Jesus and that our thirst will be quenched as we meet with Him.
‘My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?’ Ps 42:2
About the Author
Brogan came to faith through the youth ministry at St Thomas Crookes in Sheffield when he was 15, and now volunteers as a youth worker. Born and bred in Sheffield, he recently finished the discipleship year at St Toms and is off to York next year to study theology.