What do you long for, and what makes you ache?
At the core of your being what is it that you think you really need?
What makes your heart race in the greatest kind of anticipation, and what makes your step quicken to try and make all of your imaginings happen?
We all have them-these longings and these desires that become some sort of craving that drives us onward.
We speak those words to our heart again and again- “If only I had...” or, “If only I was...”
And yet, it would seem that no matter our greatest efforts and our sincerest plea, we’re reminded again and again that the controls to this crazy world haven’t been granted to us, and we're left feeling the lack.
We think that we know what it is that we really need, and once we’ve labeled it as a need it’s clear that we better just go ahead and do everything in our power to secure it for ourselves.
And yet, how little power we have in the reality of it all.
I’ve been found in this very mess more times than I’d ever care to admit.
But then the other night, right in the center of my longings for more and my craving for anything that might show more excitement than the everyday routine that I keep living in; right there in the center of pain from having to wait once more, or simply being given a no, this distracted heart of mine was reminded of what it’s deepest needs really are.
Because what am I without the presence of the God who spoke my own life into being?
If I have everything else and yet lack His power flowing through every part of who I am, than I have gained nothing and lost everything.
If I have every request of mine granted, what would I have to show? Because the question in it all is-do I ask for Him the very most?
Do I plead and beg for the true source of joy and life? Or am I busy wasting my breath on requests that bring me nothing of real significance?
So ask yourself this today-what would you’re existence truly be if His presence were withdrawn from you?
How lost would you feel, or would you simply carry on as usual?
These are the questions that I’m asking of myself-their answers will reveal the place that I’ve fixed my hope.
Because friends, if we’ve placed our happiness or any fragment of our hope on something that won’t carry over into the eternal realm, than we’ve gone and given the keys to our joy to something that simply isn’t capable of such a task.
Our desires and our longings are what will propel us forward, so the question we must ask is- what is our deepest desire today?
Our answer holds the secret to where we will be at the end, and how much joy we will have gained along the way.
What if we most wanted the One who gives Himself in endless supply?
What if our deepest longing was to be in the presence of the most radiant and beautiful light?
What if we most wanted the One who knows us the very best and gave Himself in the greatest way?
What if we most desire the love of an eternal Father- the only One who can ever love us without fail and without end?
What if we most wanted the only One that we truly need for all of eternity?