The Exhale of Arrival

Isaiah 8:21-22 (the message)
Frustrated and famished,
they try one thing after another.
When nothing works out they get angry,
cursing first this god and then that one,
Looking this way and that,
up, down, and sideways–and seeing nothing.
A blank wall, an empty hole.
They end up in the dark with nothing.

Sometimes we scrape over and uncover in every place that is not Jesus.

Life overwhelms. Stress swells. Hearts empty.

How is it we can live in abundance (truly) and yet end up in the dark with nothing?

This morning I remember a couple of things.

Joy is a product of gratitude. A thankful heart is a joyful heart. God is good and He does right by me regardless of how I feel about things. But if I don’t really believe that or I lose sight of it, I will complain and be generally negative.  Joyless.

Peace is a product of being with Jesus.  He is peace and the more closely I relate with Him the more peacefully I live.

There are deep things of living that come to us and fill our hearts as we spend honest time with Jesus. They slip into our living even while we aren’t looking for them…because we are looking at Him.

Contentment. Completion.

Often we look in other places, have other expectations.

Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another

When nothing works out they get angry

Looking this way and that,
up, down, and sideways–and seeing nothing

Contentment and Completion stick against our hearts and hands when we touch Jesus.

We believe goals attained and dreams-come-true are supposed to bring the exhale of arrival yet in the midst of abundance we still live frustrated and famished.

Completely confused and secretly resentful because what is left to do? To have? To be?

We are hungry for something that only comes with His touch.

We are needy for something that only comes in His whisper.

We deeply crave what can only be known in knowing Him.

Our most fundamental relationship is with Creator. Our arrival is in our beginning. Our completion and contentment found in regular, honest, and raw encounters with Him.

Jesus, help us to see that a famished and frustrated heart cannot enjoy and pour into others.  Please work in our lives until we eagerly come to You first, understanding truest contentment is not found in the gifts You give us but in You, The Giver.  Help us to crave Your nearness against our hearts so that we are filled and complete in You alone.  Able to trust, give thanks and know joy in any circumstance. 

 

 

 

 

 

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