Do you ever find yourself ambushed during your day by a certain need to taste a particular type of food? We call this a craving. Some of us find ourselves longing for something salty and crunchy. Others among us prefer just a little something sweet to top off our meal, such as a deliciously warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, or a bite of delectably dark chocolate or maybe a refreshing bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Is it obvious where my weakness lies?
Yes, we are creatures filled with longings, guided by our cravings. We seem not to be able to rest until we satisfy them. Cravings can be so strong, so convincing, and so powerful. They can move us to action and focus our attention until we find a way to satisfy these longings.
Beyond our food cravings, there are other more deeply rooted longings that propel us to find fulfillment. Every single one of us strives to find acceptance and significance, but often these longings aren’t always as easily fulfilled as our food cravings. Often, we fill these inner longings with things that cannot last such as relationships, work, accomplishments or possessions. These are spiritual cravings that can only be filled by a spiritual Being, the One who created us. God created each one of us to have spiritual cravings so that we would seek after Him. Unfortunately, those pure longings for God have been hijacked in this broken world. Instead of filling our longings with the goodness of God, we have found substitute fillers that do not satisfy or nourish our souls. In fact, these substitute fillers tend to create a life of busyness, dissatisfaction, distraction, and exhaustion. Did I just describe your life in any way? I know that these words have sadly described my life all too often.
Our heavenly Father is calling us to come and get away with Him. He alone can fill our spiritual cravings, our deep longings. God gently invites us to create sacred space in our lives to be alone with Him, as a regular rhythm of life. He wants to keep company with us on our journey so that we can find rest and refreshment for our soul. He desires to satisfy our deepest longings. When we spend time alone with Him in solitude, He reminds us that we are beloved by Him, no matter what, and He longs to show us how to live our one unique life to the fullest.
So, take a few moments to quiet your mind and heart. Listen closely. Can you hear Jesus’ loving invitation to come away with Him?
“Without solitude it is virtually impossible to lead a spiritual life.” Henri Nouwen
Questions for Reflection:
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Father, help me to quiet my busy life, so that I can hear Your loving invitation to come away with You. Give me the courage and desire to find Your unforced rhythms of grace in my life. May I find sacred solitude spaces where I can meet with you and be reminded of your forever love for me and listen to the incredible plans you have in-store for my life. Thank you for your goodness to me, God. Amen.
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