Feeling Desperate?

imagesS9N9YQR2As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. – Psalm 42:1-2a (NIV) 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) 

Are you feeling desperate? What do you do with these feelings of desperation? Do you find yourself running around trying to quench that emotion by drinking deeply of the people around you? Do you find yourself resenting the fact that you feel so needy for the affection and interaction with others? 

Being desperate has really gotten a bad rap over time. The negative connotation generally stems from people trying to manipulate one another. Hence, they withhold love from one another in order to create a feeling of desperation. Invoking a feeling of desperation makes one vulnerable, weak, needy and incapable of functioning at full capacity unless they have their “people fix”.  

Nevertheless, being desperate is not a bad thing. At times, God even orchestrates scenarios to allow us to experience periods of desperation to cause us to draw nearer to Him. Thank goodness that He never operates from a standpoint of manipulation. He is so multifaceted thus He desires to show us every aspect of His personhood. Sadly, for many of us we don’t take the time to lean in closer to get to know every aspect of His character unless we are desperate for Him to come through for us in that particular area.  

Prayer 

Lord, I thank You for allowing people and things to fail me so that I am made to lean in closer to get to know very specific aspects of Your character and Your abilities. Being totally and completely vulnerable in Your presence is the most freeing experience ever. At times when You are all I have it serves as a gentle reminder that You are all that I truly need.

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