Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Longings...We All Experience Them

Hebrews 11:15-17 (NIV)
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

During my morning devotion time I became very aware of my sensing a great “longing” in my heart. So the question came to mind; “What do I long for? What is my heart’s desire?”

Before answering ..I reflected on all that my heart once yearned and longed for. For many years it use to long for more Things - than it became for more Money (which equated with security) - I longed for Adventure and Travel. But most of all I longed for Love. Who doesn’t want that?

Through the years of my marriage with my husband Brad I just knew I had finally found the love I had been longing for. I also found security and adventure...I thought I had it all. But than cancer came into our lives and a new longing entered my heart... “I longed for more Time ...more years for us to be together. After Brad’s death...I longed for my Heavenly Home - but my primary reason for this longing was so I could escape this life and the pain of loss and sorrow it brings....and to be with Brad again.

It was in the midst of my longing for God to come rescue me that I discovered my heart was actually longing for complete Trust in God... I cried out, “Lord help me to trust You in everything. In seeking to trust...I found God’s love to be faithful and true throughout all my past trials and in all the former circumstances in my life I discovered this healing Jewel... every longing of my heart is satisfied in Jesus alone.

So to answer my morning devotion question; “What do I long for”?

~ Money? - God will provide all I’ll ever need. My security is in Him.
~ Adventure? - Walking with God... there is no greater Adventurer to go with!
~ Love? - There is no greater love to receive than the love of Jesus. He never leaves me even when I run away into the pit of despair or climb a mountain of difficulty...Jesus’ love is faithful and true. Whether He chooses to sit beside me, hold my hand as we walk together or He lifts me up to carry me when I have no strength to go on...He never lets go of me. He shines as a light in the darkness and protects me. His love for me was demonstrated on a cross at Calvary....there is no greater love than this.

Oh longing for “Things?”

Well...I now long for the things of God...My desire to go home to Heaven is still great... but no longer because I need to escape this life...but because I long for “a better life - a heavenly life. In fact Jesus is right now building my Dream House in heaven so that I may live with Him forever and ever!

Soooo, What are you longing for?

Psalm 84:10b (NIV)
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.