Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Relentless Longing~

So many times, we look in the wrong place to find the freedom we so desperately seek. The way a person struggling to lose weight heads to the refrigerator. The way a person struggling to pay off a credit card debt heads to the shopping mall. The way a person struggling to stay sober heads to the bar. The way a person struggling to be loved heads to the home of an abuser. The way a person struggling to be free from sin heads straight into temptation.

We long to break lose, long to break free, long to proclaim victory, and yet time and time again, we find ourself sinking in the quicksand of the very thing we are trying to escape. We long to turn away, turn over a new leaf, be done once and for all, and yet over and over we find ourself back in the grips of that which won't seem to let us loose.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A desire to escape the sandy shore, a yearning to launch out into the deep, a hungering to finally be where only dreams have gone, an insatiable longing to experience the freedom of life on the sea - this is what is most needed in a ship builder. Not wisdom to design a ship. Not knowledge of which wood withstands water the best. Not craftiness with a hammer, a saw, and some nails. (Although, each of these would be helpful). An insatiable longing.

If you want to "build" a new you, don't look for a formula, don't search for a self-help book, don't devise a plan or plan a strategy, but rather long for the only One who can fill the immensity of the void in your heart. This is what is most needed for a change of heart. Not wisdom about a healthy diet. Not knowledge of how to balance your checkbook. Not an understanding of how old habits can lead to reaching for a bottle. Not a realization that hurting people hurt people. (Although, each of these would be helpful). And most certainly, not religion.

But rather,
a deep desire to go beyond that which holds you back
to the very One who longs to hold you.
A relentless yearning to finally be free
of that which holds you in its grip,
to be captured by the very One who will never let you go.
A hungering and thirsting for the only One
who can truly satisfy the desire of your heart
An insatiable longing for a Savior, for a Redeemer, for a Healer.

Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through."
~ John 8:34-36 (MSG)

He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole
where I was stranded,
mired in the muck and clay.
With a gentle hand, He pulled me out.
~ Psalm 40:2a (The Voice)

He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
~ Psalm 40:2b (NLT)

For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide THE WAY out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP)

Jesus answered, ‘I am THE WAY and the truth and the life."
~John 14:6

Blessed are the ones hungering and thirsting as to righteousness,
because they will be filled-to-satisfaction.
~Matthew 5:6 (DLNT)

He has quenched their thirst,
and He has satisfied their hunger with what is good.
~ Psalm 107:9 (VOICE)

A relentless longing for the Lover of your soul . . .~♥

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Stacy,your post has so encouraged me today! How often I lose sight of this when depression strikes and all I can see is what I'm struggling with.Only Jesus can bring that peace again into my heart!
    May He bless you too for all your encouragement ::-)


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