I’ve decided, based on my own life, and through my observations in my coaching practice, that every unfulfilled longing inside of us originates from a deeper longing for Jesus Himself. It is an emptiness He makes us aware of that only can be met by His love and none other. And what a love it is!!
At different seasons of our lives we find different longings. Some of us go our whole lives one big gaping hole of need. That is so sad to me.
Because now I know that the answer always rested in Him all along. It is so simple really.
We struggle and we struggle; and we complicate everything by anxiously trying to fix our lives with our own ideas of what we need. Only to find that thing we tried didn’t work, and now we are right back where we started…..and oh, do we feel defeated and hopeless.
We turn to so many things trying to find that one thing that will satisfy. And we become addicted because we find we can never get enough of just one thing.
Sometimes it is even good things we use to fill that hole…but only to find the hole is still there afterwards and we realize we still can’t get enough. That is because we were not meant to. Your creator made you to desire Him. But this world has played havoc on us.
All of these things can be used to attempt to fill us up in one way or another. Though they may be good things they were never meant to take God’s place in our lives.
♥ When we are tired and weary, what we really need is Jesus.
♥ When we are lonely, we really are missing Jesus.
♥ When we are hungry, but not really, we are searching for something that satisfies, what we really want is Jesus.
There is a time coming my friends, when we will find that our every longing will be met by Jesus Himself.
God really does withhold no good thing, and if He is withholding something, as much confusion and pain as it brings at that time, it is ultimately for our good and to make us more aware that He is there for us. I have found this to be true again and again in my years with the Lord.
I am deeply flawed, you see, and I am trying to find my way past my fleshly longings to find that sole satisfaction that comes from only my King. And I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It is an amazing journey!!
To you who have an unmet longing, whether it be a husband you long to share life with, a child you long to bring into your home whether through adoption or naturally, a wound from a relationship, a longing for a dream or passion to come true that’s laid dormant for years, a longing to do something you’ve been waiting to do, a longing to move up in your career, the longing to grieve something you’ve lost, whatever it is, my words to you are these:
Your longing is safe with Jesus—maybe you can’t see Him, but He is there and He can not only fulfill your heart that longs for more, He can also give you good things.
You can grieve the lost time that you struggled before you knew this truth and you can be honest. You can talk about it. You can ask these questions:
Where is my life going from here?
What is next?
How do I bring you into my longings, Jesus?
What is He going to do to take away this constant feeling of wanting something that I don’t even know what it is?
Remember, Jesus is holding your every longing. He is waiting for you to turn to Him as your only answer. He desires you with a passionate desire to walk with you every minute of the day.