Thursday, August 4, 2011

4 Year Olds, Santa, and the Desires of our Heart~

Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Several years ago, when God opened the door for me to be a nanny to a family with three young boys, I was looking through a Christmas catalog with my four-year old friend. As he turned each page, he would excitedly point to several pictures and exclaim, “Oh, I want that! And look, Stacy! I want that, too! And, that! Oh, wow!” No wonder this catalog is so often referred to as a “wish book”. This youngster was wishing with all of his heart. With each page turned, his voice grew louder and his excitement uncontainable.

We finally reached the last page and to my companion’s surprise, I was now the one voicing a wish.

“Oh look, Walt! A pink Barbie Mustang convertible!!!!! That’s what I want for Christmas!”

“Stac”, came his quick reply, “We have a problem. I’M not Santa!”

He was correct, of course. He definitely wasn’t Santa. But then again… neither is God.

As Walt and I sat on the couch, perusing the Christmas catalog, we weren’t thinking about Santa. We were only thinking about our wants and wishes. The only reason Santa had even been brought into the living room that day by way of our conversation was because Santa was the one Walt was counting on to fulfill all his wishes. Sadly, Walt’s thoughts of Santa had nothing to do with Santa at all and everything to do with what Santa could give him.

I have a feeling I don’t need to type another word. Like me, you can already hear the Spirit of God whispering to your heart.

So often, we treat God as though He were Santa.
The only time we think of Him is when we are in need (or want!).
Our focus becomes consumed with
the blessing,
the healing,
the answer,
the need.
We only stop to think of God or stop to pray because we are hoping He will be the one to fulfill our desire.
We are only seeking
His hand,
the gifts He can give,
and not His face,
not who He is.

Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart

Desires. You and I have plenty of desires, but are these “desires” really what our heart is desperately seeking? Are they really what will make us happy or fill the void deep down in the innermost part of our being? Will they bring lasting joy and happiness?

Walt didn’t need anything from that catalog and I certainly didn’t need a pink Barbie mustang convertible. We only thought we did. No doubt, these things would have brought us some happiness, for a moment at least, but before long, Walt and I would have found ourselves thumbing our way through yet another catalog in search of new “desires”.

When we delight our self in the Lord and love Him for who HE IS, and not what we can get from Him, something truly miraculous happens.

As we seek Him and learn of His ways, we start to discover what we have been searching for all along. The more His face comes into focus, the more our desires, the true desires of our heart, come into focus, too.

We discover ALL WE NEED and ALL WE WANT are found in Jesus. He becomes our EVERYTHING.

As we turn the pages of His Word, we find our self getting more and more excited with each new revelation of His character. Each page finds us shouting, “Look! I want to be like that! Oh, and, look! I want to shine like that! Wow! Take a look at that! That’s what I want in my life. I want to be just like YOU, Lord!”

And guess what?

Jesus…in His awesome love, wondrous mercy and amazing grace, grants us the desires of our heart.

As we seek His face, our entire life, our entire being is filled to overflowing with HIM.

He’s not Santa, and I am so glad He isn’t.


He is our ALL in ALL!

It is Jesus that is the desire of my heart~

Heavenly Father, Thank you that you love us the way that you do. You know us inside out, backwards and forwards. You know what we truly need. Help us to turn our eyes upon you. Help us to gaze upon your wondrous face. Let us not seek you for selfish gain, but rather may we seek you to gain our real self, through the real desires of of our heart. As we turn the pages of your Word, may we always be filled with excitement and wonder at who you are. May our desire always be…to be just like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen~

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