It’s kinda weird how you can have measure of contentment and thankfulness and at the same time still want more. I think a certain amount of ‘pining for more’ is the nature of being human and wanting to create or explore something new is a good thing. Dreaming is healthy. There’s another kind of longing that comes from the human heart. “There’s gotta be more than this!” I think this is the cry that comes because you were made in God’s image but you don’t know Him well enough to know why you were created. I mean, “What’s it all for?” Is a legitimate question.
I love the Old Testament story of Rahab because I think when she saw the spies in her house who had come from the Israelites to spy out the city of Jericho in order to conquer it, her heart leapt. The only way she would’ve helped these two so quickly is that she was ready for change. After all, she’s called Rehab the prostitute, so I believe the cry of her heart was, “There’s gotta be more to life than this!” So when she met them, the voice in her head said, “Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for!” So she hid them, she lied to the city officials and helped them escape! When her city was later conquered, she was able to save her family because of the promise she had made to the spies. Pretty exciting! Ultimately one of those spies, Salmon, married her and she is included in the lineage of Jesus.
It’s good to know that God understands that life on earth isn’t always easy. Jesus walked around in sandals; it was hot and dirty. He understands our hunger and longing because he too wanted good things for his loved ones. Longing with optimism is called hope. Hope is waiting with expectation. Just like my girl, Rahab, God is excited to fulfill your deepest soul-cravings.
Psalm 107 says, ”He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry he fills with good things.” I here to tell you that his plans for you are good. He’s not a fraud nor is he hiding. His table is waiting for you and it’s full of gourmet food for you and the ones you love!
If you want more thoughts on Rahab and her friends, pick up my book, More Cake….