“Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
I still smile when I think about it.
Many years ago, I had a short gig as a Longaberger Basket Consultant. At that time, those beautiful baskets were only attainable through in-home parties. Enter Miss E. She was a true collector who never missed an opportunity to buy a basket. Or more. And, whenever she placed an order, she’d happily proclaim what most of us were thinking:
“I gotta bad case of the I wants!”
Oh yeah, those dreaded “I wants”…they are everywhere. In your neighbor’s driveway. Hanging from your friend’s arm. Sitting in the corner office. In the grass that we believe is greener over on the other side.
And we’re not the only ones.
“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” Luke 15:11-13 (NIV)
Don’t you love that word “squandered”? Merriam Webster describes it this way: “to spend extravagantly or foolishly”.
Yep. That’s the thing about our “I wants”…we get so wrapped up in them that we forget that they are fleeting…
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” Luke 15:17-18 (NIV)
“When he came to his senses…” Whoaaa. I’ve been there, haven’t you? After allowing the “I wants” to fulfill that void inside of me, it’s only then that I can sputter these four regretful words:
WHAT WAS I THINKING?
Followed closely by “What do I do now and where do I go from here?”
Well…how about Home?
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)
Stop and soak in that scene, friend. Really see it. The father. The son. The forgiveness. The love.
Now trade places with the son. Believe that the father is your Heavenly One. Experience His forgiveness and love that are forever.
How do you feel?
Dear one, our Abba Father loves us so much. He’s been waiting with excitement all along for us to come Home…even as the “I wants” of our lives are clamoring for first place.
May we seek His will instead of our “I wants”…
Because it’s then that we will truly receive the desires of our heart.
And isn’t that what we really want?
Spread your joy,