Spiritual Hunger

Lately when I presented myself before the Lord in worship and sang my one song (or two) before breathing became short, my soul had asked painfully. As I tried to touch heaven and my Savior King’s heart, this was what went on in the depths of my soul:

Here I sit in this room, singing praises to You, desiring to worship You with all of me and yet, it seems that what I do is not enough.

What really connects me to heaven? To You? To eternity? Is it the song? My voice? My raised hands? My posture? My words and declarations like, “Thank You, Lord! I love You so much, my dearest Jesus!” and such like?

What makes me Yours, completely and eternally? Are they the things that I do (or not do)?

I think not.

It should be my heart. I want to know and experience again to be completely owned by You. So, take my heart. Take all of it. I give it all to You. Please own me completely. Again.

My loose painting of roses on my Monologue visual journal. I hope you like it :) .

My loose painting of roses on my Monologue visual journal. I hope you like it :) .

Still, I felt that wasn’t enough. Words of love like that seem hollow when there is something missing. Something I cannot put my finger on sometimes. It seemed that I couldn’t see that cord that connected me to my Lord, like the cord that connected a child to its mother. Suddenly, I realized that it is not the things, the activities that we do, that make us one with the Eternal King, the Savior that will bring us to His everlasting kingdom.

What makes us citizens of heaven, to be seated together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus? And to experience that everyday of our life and not feel estranged or orphaned? For me, the altar call, the salvation prayer, and the baptism in water in Jesus’ name are like lightyears ago.

By God’s grace, I never turned my back on Him ever since. But the seasons of life change and the face of our faith change with it. Just like winter, spring, summer, and fall, our lives and faith journeys shift from fallow to fruitful, sunny to stormy, rich to wanting.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecc. 3:1)

Looking back at the 13 years of being ill and walking with the Lord Jesus, I can see the seasons changing in connection with my faith and relationship with Him. There had been seasons of fear and uncertainty. Seasons of partial healing and seasons of sickness and suffering again. Seasons of doubts, discouragement, and even resentment and wanting to rebel.

And then there was the season of great hunger for the Lord Jesus, my Savior and Healer, that I will not forget.

Looking back now, that season of hunger was also the season of being nearest to Him. He was a constant in my thoughts, in my song in the night, and in my Bible readings. He was in all of my moments.

Everything I did was to reach out to Him, to touch even the hem of His garment. For Him to see my tears. To see me and touch me and make everything okay. In that season, He was all I ever wanted. My burning desire.

One time when Hannah read to me a passage from the gospels, I cried. Hannah asked why and I said that I cried because I wanted the Lord Jesus so much. Looking back, even in that season of hunger (and more so), everything in my life seemed pure, fine, and right with God. Hunger for Him is purifying. A sanctifying experience.

And that’s where I found my answer to my soul’s questions of recent days.

Our hunger for God is what connects us to Him, surely and completely. We come before Him because our hearts are so very hungry and we know that it’s only Him who could fill that hunger. It is our hunger that He fills up. And when He does, we feel Him and all of eternity with Him. And we are that child again connected to its mother like an umbilical cord.

Without that cord, the child will die. Without His filling up our hunger, we will die. A slow spiritual death.

But if we are not hungry for Him, how could He fill us up? If our vessels are full of this world’s goods, where would His place be? First the child must experience pangs of hunger, his tummy is hollow, so he cries. He cries wantonly and will not stop until his mother nurses him and his hunger is fully satisfied.

This is what connects us to our Father in heaven: our hunger for Him. When we are hungering for Him, we will turn to Him, run to Him, hound Him, cry out to Him and reach out for Him until we can touch even the hem of His garment. We will pour out our hearts to Him like a drink offering. Unrelentingly until He comes and satiates our hunger and we will be refreshed and revived.

Deep spiritual hunger is beyond lifestyle. Above and beyond anything this world could offer. Above our gifts, the things we love to do, what inspires us. It is even beyond the beautiful praise music. Hunger for God is free of any earthly thing that cannot really, eternally satisfy. It is a hollow in our soul only He could fill.

But even this hunger for God must be prayed for and sought after.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4)

We want Him to grant the desires (our prayers) of our hearts. But we must also ask that He put those holy desires in us. That we must desire Him more than the things of this world. Yes, even more than His gifts and blessings and the things we do that delight our hearts and souls and make us burst in overflowing inspiration and joy.

God fills us up by the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. We may think that we are full when our earthly desires are met, but it is only in being full of the Holy Spirit (the manifest presence of God) that we are truly full.

“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)

When we worship, it is the moving of the Holy Spirit that assures us we are citizens of heaven and we have not lost our seat beside Christ. It is our seal, our branding, of belonging to Him, now and for all eternity. And as we do our best to reach out to heaven and touch it during worship, God will put that craving in our soul once again, craving for His love and presence and all of Him.

And that’s what I received and experienced again: the wanting of the Lord Jesus Christ so much it hurts. That experience is in and of itself pure joy and satisfaction.

(Erratum: In my previous post, it should be “steering wheel” and not “stirring wheel” 😀 . Sorry for the error).

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Comments

  1. Naomi says:

    Spiritual hunger is a beautiful thing. It makes finding GOd easier and satisfying.

    Love the flower painting.

  2. BettieG says:

    Thank you for sharing a page from your journal! I love how the roses are all wide open, pointing heavenward, picturing that thirst you spoke of! –Blessings to you!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, Bettie, I intentionally painted these “thirsty” roses for this post. I do hope it captures the theme :) . Blessings!

  3. Hazel Moon says:

    Singing and making melody in our hearts is a precious form of worship. I am so thankful for the living water that he gives to us to quench our thirst. I recently wrote that some are satisfied to drink muddy water, because that is all they have. The thought came, that perhaps they were not ready to drink the clear clean living water because of resentment, or faith in other gods. and not believing in Jesus. My prayer is that they will be willing to give up the muddy water and come to the fountain. Thank you for your inspiriting posts shared with us here at Tell me a Story.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, yes, dear Hazel! We pray that those who are quite satisfied to drink muddy waters will come to Jesus and drink the water that springs up to everlasting life!

  4. Your words bring to mind this from the beatitudes: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness — for they shall be satisfied!

    And I do think that your rose painting is lovely!

  5. Betty Draper says:

    “Deep spiritual hunger is beyond lifestyle” Through the years there have been times I wanted nothing more then to serve the Lord, the Martha in me was seeking service. Use me God, use me to glorify you. Over and over in did just that in the states, in two different countries and now back in the states. During those times I would have short periods when I longed for more knowledge of Him but service got in the way often. Now at age 69 I have plenty of time to get more knowledge and so I sit out at the beginning of this year to gain more knowledge of Him. But for some reason it did not seem to set well in my soul. So I begin to seek Him for why. I realized what He wanted me to do was go deeper in what I already knew. If I never learn one more b it of knowledge about Him, I have enough to witness for Him. I know enough to teach, to love on others, to give, to pray ,all the to do’s, I know enough. But it is time in my journey to go deep. Enough valley’s and mountains are in my past walk with Him, it was time to not gain more knowledge but to go deeper in what I already know. Your post reminds me of this part of my journey and unless He comes as I write this I will seek Him in the deep. Our longings are given to us, different ones for different seasons as you say. Great post.

    • RinaPeru says:

      I know, dear Betty, that when God calls us to deeper waters, to deeper love and knowledge of Him, He will also come to guide us through. For He is faithful. He is the One who puts those desires and hunger in our souls in the first place. So, I pray that your hunger for Him in this season of your life will be satisfied by only Him. He will come.

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