This past week has been one of intense longing. And longing mostly for God Himself. Of course there are other longings as well. Longings to see the extravagance of God. Longing to be in the center of God's will. Longing to see the hearts of God's people Alive in the joy of God Himself. Longing to see those around me in darkness turn to the wonderful Light of the Christ of Christmas. And so, I find that my longing returns to a basic longing for God Himself. Longing to be filled with all the fullness of God so that as the Master Goldsmith turns up the heat under the gold that is me, so that as the nasty scum rises to the surface, God is able to transform my life into that pure gold that He longs for.
Do you long for God? Where do your thoughts travel in the still moments of your heart? When you finally have a chance to pray or read or meditate, what are the things that consume you? Is it the bills that need to be paid? Or is it the Christmas list you need to fill? Or the clothes that need to be folded or the meal that needs to be prepared? Or do you think of Him? Do you have a thirsty longing for God Himself?