There is a desire inside that never sleeps. It is never fully satiated, remaining unfulfilled and out of reach. We might try to fill it with things, with stuff and experiences. But still it murmurs to us like a deep soul longing nothing else can fully satisfy.
We listen and begin to recognise it as the voice of the holy. A vacuum within. A God-shaped hole. An emptiness yearning to be filled. An eternal echo which has unsettled us since the awakening of inner awareness first occurred.
““There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.” — Blaise Pascal
Now it cries out with gentle persistence and speaks to us of things beyond our mortal existence. It offers us an invitation to have a secure, hope-filled soul, a life recalibrated, redeemed, renewed and restored by grace. And a lifelong infusion of merciful, unconditional love, unlike any we have known before.
We can silence it. Or try to numb its urgency with numerous distractions and activities. But still it speaks. It offers us a taste of eternity in the here and now, and gives us a freedom of spirit we secretly yearn for. It asks us to brave the cold winds of rejection by the world, including, sometimes, our loved ones, family and friends.
And so we vacillate. We are lured by the holy desire it calls us to know and experience for ourselves. Lured by the love and the promises. And deterred, truth be told, by what it is asking of us. Nothing short of it all: our lives, our time, our hearts and minds, our souls, our willing allegiance and surrender, our faith, be it minuscule at best.
This calling asks for all we are now because it can transform us into the people we need to be in the future. It desires everything we possess because it gives us far more than we think we might lose. God already loves us with infinite tenderness, and always has our best interests at heart. How might we respond?
“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” – Hosea 2:15
The fascinating thing is that God gives us riches and refreshment in the desert itself. A place where we feel bereft. A season when all seems lost, and times when our faith gets stretched to the utmost.
We have troubles, our own Valley of Achor, where we discover a Holy hope which gives us relief and the ability to persevere. Our areas of greatest challenge become places where we meet mightily with God. Because He is the lifter of our heads and hearts. The restorer of our jaded souls.
“God has remained ever faithful. And his desire for you? Joy. Peace. Hope. All of which come from him.” – Mary DeMuth, Healing Every Day: A 90 Day Devotional Journey
Much patience and faith are required as we wait for God’s timing, and trust that things currently unseen will be revealed. This can be compared to waiting for the tide to turn and the sea to yield its gifts to us.
How have you found this to be true in your own life? Do share in the comments below.