Have you ever longed for life to be something more than what it is? Day in and day out, the same old, same old. Not only the same daily routine but the same challenges, the same lack. You aren’t sure what it is that is lacking. Maybe it’s because of your job, maybe it’s because of where you live. Or could it be that your life doesn’t look exactly like you thought it would? This is definitely not what you signed up for! Your life was supposed to look so different than it does. You feel empty and stuck!
Without a doubt we go through seasons in our lives where we feel like things are going our way and we can coast and just love life. Then there are seasons where we feel like we are in the desert. The heat of our circumstances is oppressive and our hearts may feel parched and weary.
I heard a story the other day about a man named, Joseph Merrick. You may know him as the ” Elephant Man”. He was a real person. A man born in 1862. He lived a fairly normal life until age 2 when tumors began growing all over his body. He eventually lost his mother at the age of 11 and endured much difficulty and heartache throughout his lifetime which ended at the young age of 27 due to complications of his deformities. However, the physician who worked with him later in his life said that he was a gentle, kind man with no words of bitterness or resentment despite the cruelties he endured. In fact Merrick told Treves that he was happy every hour of the day!
Wow! That leaves me speechless. How beloved? How can we position our hearts in such a way that we don’t focus on the lack but on the gift?
I’m asking this of myself too. It’s been a journey I have been on for the last 3 yrs. A way to be intentional wherever the Lord has me that day to wage war against the enemy of our soul who would have us believe that life is overwhelming. But our God says, He won’t give us more than we can handle. In fact He says I have already given you EVERYTHING you need for life and godliness.(2 Peter1;3)
Just like we wouldn’t normally go a day without feeding our bodies, our spirits need that sustaneous. Jesus tells us that He is the bread of life.
Also…Man shall not live by bread alone BUT by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.(Matt.4:4)
Perhaps beloved if we are feeling stuck, or empty or weary we should check our eating habits. Just like people keep a food diary to make them aware of the foods they are actually consuming that may be affecting their physical health; perhaps we should check our spirit food diary. Are we feeding daily on the Word of God so that we are full to overflowing? Or, are we just running to the Word to grab a scripture of comfort when things are really bad? When we are dry and empty and overwhelmed maybe it is a symptom of the lack we have spiritually. We have forgotten that the Father has left us treasures untold in His Word. They are powerful enough to remake us!
For myself whenever I feel an antsy unrest in my soul. I have discovered that it is a call from my Father. He is calling me to His side, to rest and refresh myself in His word. He wants to renew my mind and remind me of what He says about me. His desire is to fill my heart and mind with His Word so that I recognize everything that is not in line with it and I am not deceived or overwhelmed. He is equipping just like He promised, with everything for life and godliness!
But I have to do something. He is not going to force feed me. I must come to him! I must open His word and partake. I must seek Him.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)