God longs for our hearts. He doesn’t long for our actions, or our service or our words, He longs for us to engage our hearts in Him. He is seeking true worshipers and He longs to fulfill the desires of our hearts.
But what we think we want and the true longing of our hearts are oftentimes different.
We have hopes and dreams so we set goals and priorities and we strive and plan and strategize and ambitiously work day and night towards accomplishment. However, so often after reaching the goal….we get the job, we buy the house, the car, the boat, we take the trip…we still feel empty and vacant.
But God calls us into a life of abundance. And when we seek Him first, delight in Him, and make Him our first love- only then do we begin to have clarity around the true desires of our hearts. And it is never about the external but always the eternal.
*To be truly known and still be LOVED.
*To feel PEACE in the midst of chaos.
*To have HOPE for our future and for the future of those we love.
*To have a deep sense of JOY despite the inevitable suffering of this world.
These are the true essence of our desires. Our souls long for love, peace, hope and joy but when we seek them outside the realm of our Heavenly Father, even the loftiest dreams fall short.
When we seek Him first and move from the core heart space of desiring HIS Love, Peace, Hope, and Joy…all things become possible. When we align our hearts with the heart of our Father, there is a paradigm shift and His desires become the deepest calling of our being. The things that once seemed so worthy and important become shallow and meaningless in light of the lavish gifts that our Father pours out for us.
“We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness has ever been accomplished without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an injustice fought or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize.” – John Eldredge