After I pray for others, I find that I have a pretty big list of requests for myself . . .
- Enough money to purchase a new car. Or maybe just enough to get everything repaired that needs to be repaired.
- Maid service—because it’s hard to work all day, make time for my mom, write, and do anything else. (And could she come early enough to make the morning coffee?)
- Success as I teach my students how to write. (It wouldn’t hurt if they scored off the charts and won some awards, too.)
- A book contract with all the trimmings. (More satisfying than a Thanksgiving dinner!)
- A platform so large that I’d see my novel flying off the shelves. (You’d buy one, wouldn’t you?)
- A brownie with all of the flavor and none of the calories. (Miracles can happen . . . )
Sometimes my “wanter” won’t stop wanting.
But, hey, those are basically good things. “The heart wants what the heart wants.” Why fight it?
Why? Because every good thing on earth is simply a temporary fix for the emptiness that hollows out our hearts from time to time.
Jesus is the answer. He is more than enough to fills us. You and I both know this—in our heads. But still we struggle with wayward feelings. Sadness, loneliness, depression, inadequacy, fear, and doubt urge us to seek satisfaction elsewhere. And the sad truth, my friends, is that those ugly emotions will plague us until we get to Heaven.
But here’s HOPE in the form of a promise from God . . .
Not used to reading the verse that way? In the original language “He will give you” means that He will even supply the correct desires.
He will help us to want what He wants us to want.
What a relief! We can pour out our hearts to Him and then trust Him to sort through it all. He’ll separate out the things that wouldn’t be good for us. He’ll put on hold the things that don’t fulfill His Will for our lives right now. He’ll strip away the foolishness. We’ll know that we are making our requests in His Son’s Name.
Yes, watching dreams die can be painful. But as those that are left blossom and grow, we’ll follow life’s paths with confidence. And whether we reach our goals in this life or the next, all along the way, our hearts will be full!
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