Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Can't Get No...

"I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God...."  We sing it every Sunday, shoulder to shoulder with dear, familiar faces.  We know their children, their sorrows, their prayers.  We share their lives, and they ours.  The song makes a sweet confirming concert, a satisfaction of belonging.

But God does not want us satisfied.
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.--Ecclesiastes 1:7
As the deer pants for streams of waters, so my soul pants for you, O God.--Psalm 42:1

My union with believing brothers and sisters cannot calm my yearning for God Himself.  
I cannot rest in familiar flesh and blood arms.
We can love our family, but like in the whirlwind, God is not there.
He waits for us in the quiet place of solitary devotion, in the whisper of His Word, in the pillow talk of prayer.

No matter how much we love the people around us, while we live, we can never have all that God intends for us.
Now we see as through a glass darkly; then we shall see face to face.--1Corinthians 13:12

I need to be troubled if I do not want more. 
The solace of companionship of family and friends was never intended to do more than bring a short moment's ease.  It is a shallow pool, a pause while I search for the never-ending stream.

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.--Luke 6:21


  1. I feel we are forever homesick for our true home... Just spiritual beings and a human journey.

    1. Forever homesick...yes, that's it. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

  2. Joanne--this line, "It is a shallow pool, a pause while I search for the never-ending stream" true.
    I wrote about thirst for Living Water this week, too.
    Lord, keep us wanting only you.

  3. Beautiful God hunger here. I wanted to lift some great imagery from this post to quote in the comment, but there are so many examples, I felt I'd end up copying the whole thing!
    (I will copy this one, though, because it's right where I am aiming more and more right now: "He waits for us in the quiet place of solitary devotion, in the whisper of His Word, in the pillow talk of prayer.")
    Thank you for such good pictures of our real need and what just won't quite satisfy it, no matter how good those other things are.

    1. Yes,no matter how good those other things are. And they are sometimes very good, and thus the attraction. But, Oh God, my prayer is to keep so close that I am never led away.

  4. That's so true. I'm always telling myself "this is not my home" but never really thought about the fact that I should not be satisfied just with what I have here. Thanks for the reminder! Visiting from Thought Provoking Thursday!

    1. No indeed. We are not yet home. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  5. It's true that there are needs only God can fill! We must make time to seek Him and know Him.

  6. Reminds me of something I heard yesterday. Happiness is fleeting, but true joy comes only from knowing Christ and resting in His promises.


  7. There's an old song we used to sing. "More, more about Jesus..." Your post fuels my desire to know more about Him.

  8. lovely! Hugs P.S. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop :-)

  9. Just beautiful... Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY...

    God Bless,