I have a premise I carry with me. I do not completely understand the truth within, so let me describe it to you and leave it there for the moment.
I believe that those who pursue the Divine in order to quench their cravings and thirst within discover that the process comes with natural breaks and rest points. It is almost as if the process itself brings peace and a sense of purpose and understanding. The converse is also true. Those who carry a set of values and priorities that centers on anything but the Divine always have a sense of urgency, a lack of completeness, and a unquenched thirst.
“An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more.” (Proverbs 13.24)
Our appetite drives our action. Most of us do not think about this as we approach the challenges of the day. We believe it is the combination of choice and events that shapes reality. Clearly these are factors; however, I would suggest that it is appetite at the person level (thirst for something that we do not have) that actually gives life shape, color, and texture.
During the past few days my own needs, cravings, have caused me to take a series of decisions, some conscious, others unknown until they were played out. When I finally let go my needs and focused on quenching the link between my soul and God the sense of needing to rest became pressing. God’s presence is all that I am looking for to sustain my activities. God’s blessing and rest provides the encouragement and sense of hope that gives me the courage to tackle the impossible. God is the craving that shapes life, determines the memory created in this moment.
I encourage you to take a brief break and see what is shaping your moment. In this moment is there something that you really need; assurance, hope, acceptance, mercy, or grace? Focus on your center. You need and thirst will be, I believe, for God. Turn and drink deeply; He offers much.