Longing

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.”
-Psalm 42:1

 


Living in the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, my husband and I are blessed to be surrounded by acres of forests and an abundance of wildlife. We often see deer sauntering up to our pond for a drink of cool water and they downloadcome back again and again. Once is never enough. How blessed they are to have found the sustenance they seek!

In his book Something More, John Pritchard shares, “I write in the belief that ‘God’ keeps leaking into our lives but that we have difficulty finding the language to describe the experience. I think many of us have intimations of ‘something more’, something that might even have on it the fingerprints of divine Source, but how can we admit that or pursue it further?”1

Do you long for satisfaction deep in your soul that seems just out of reach, a connectedness yearned for but unfulfilled? If so, you are not alone. Some people try to fill this empty space with work; others with alcohol, drugs, serial relationships, or frequent job changes. Advertisers prey on this sense of need, promising fulfillment if only we will purchase their product. This Fake News permeates our newsfeed and airwaves. Yet regardless of our actions, at the end of the day, there is still the aching feeling that there’s something more just around the corner.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Written by Augustine over 1600 years ago, these words are profound. Our hearts are restless until we connect with the divine Source. Whatever words we use to describe the reality of ‘something more’, the reality is the same and once we tap into that, our lives will be forever changed.

How to do that? We can sit quietly and meditate or pray. Or we can open our eyes to the Divine in our midst every day – in the majestic beauty of a sunset, the smile on a child’s face, the friend who is always there, the encouraging word spoken to us at just the right time. Our Creator is all around us, hoping our hearts will rest in her divine embrace.

Where do you see ‘something more’? Can you rest there, even for a moment?

1John Pritchard, Something More: Encountering the Beyond in the Everyday (Great Britain: SPCK, 2016). Pritchard is the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, retired.

 

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