Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Deepest longing

Contentment is a difficult virtue. Why? Because there is nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God. The leaves of life are rustling with the rumor that we will and we won't be satisfied until we do.

Credit where credit is due: beautiful quote © Max Lucado When God Whispers Your Name - stunning picture made by © Frea - Max, Frea, You & Me and Hydrangea leaves - made by Awesome © God.


Carolanne said...

Does this mean that if we are content, then we are missing something? I usually love Max Lucado's writings but this quote has me thinking.

Paul said in Philippians, "In everything I have learned to be content." Paul was content whether he was in prison, hungry, rich or poor... in all things.

This quote by Max Lucado suggests we can't be content until we have seen God.

This is about as far as my befuddled brain can think and sort out thoughts but I'm just wondering. :)

I still like the quote though. :)

Panda said...

Yes, you are right. But also read what Paul wrote in the first chapter of this letter to the Philippians,

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
Philippians 1:18-26

Of course this Max Lucado quote is taken out of context - maybe I will add some text to it later. I just recognized his deep longing for completeness, restoration and purity and I think that we all have this longing as long as we are living in this broken world. We are already new creations, but we are still yearning for God like Job, David and Isaiah...

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet inmy flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes— I, and not another. Job 25-27

How my heart yearns within me!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9

So if you long to be with God and if your are looking for complete contentment, you are in good company! ;-)

But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13