Longings of the Heart Awakened

‘Some years into our spiritual journey, after the waves of anticipation that mark the beginning of any pilgrimage have begun to ebb into life’s middle years of service and busyness, a voice speaks to us in the midst of all we are doing. There is something missing in all of this, it suggests. There is something more.

The voice often comes in the middle of the night or the early hours of the morning, when our hearts are most unedited and vulnerable. At first, we mistake the source of this voice and assume it is just our imagination. We fluff up our pillow, roll over, and go back to sleep. Days, weeks, even months go by and the voice speaks to us again: Aren’t you thirsty? Listen to your heart? There is something missing.’ (Curtis and Eldredge, The Sacred Romance)

Interesting thoughts to ponder – and those are some of the first words Brent Curtis and John Eldredge penned in their book, The Sacred Romance. Do we spend most of our time thinking there is more – more to life, more than 8 to 5, more than flopping in front of the television when we get home, more than blogging regularly? And I speak of ‘more’ even for the one who says, ‘I am a Christian’, for there are many a Christians who live a rather bland new life in Christ.

At the calling of the twelve, it says:

And [Jesus] went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. (Mark 3:13)

There is something about hearing the voice of Him who calls to our deepest parts that allows us to drop our nets, close our books, and even let go of our beloved families if so needed.

Everything else truly pales in comparison to drawing close to the One who is calling. When we hear the voice of the Lover, the voice of the One who’s yoke is easy and burden is light, we let go of everything else…let go of all that can keep us from our thirsty hearts being satisfied.

The problem is that most of us think we have it, we’ve answered Christ’s call, we are saved and going to heaven, and we even are involved in the ‘extras’. But the truth is that we can so many times live as agnostics – not sure if God is truly present, actually interested, and that He is wooing and drawing. We really miss out on the important. I know, I’ve been there a few too many times.

As I read this morning, Jesus told Martha:

You are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)

I am missing it because I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off doing all this stuff, serving all these people, being such a great church leader. Yet, as Curtis and Eldredge said, ‘There is something missing in all of this…There is something more.’

Our Father is patient, He is waiting and stirring and wooing and singing and dancing and…

I’m going to take a deep breath and draw close. I have to go now and move some boxes to ship off to Brussels. But I’m interested in the easy yoke, light burden, the one necessary thing, the good portion. And, in that, I find my thirst is being satisfied.

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