Sometimes I experience a hunger, or a restlessness in the midst of my day, and I try to fill it by pulling out a favorite thing to do. This will perhaps ease the restlessness for a bit, but the feeling of emptiness is likely to return. For even though I know where to go to satisfy my hunger, it seems easier sometimes to just ignore what I know and try to bring satisfaction my own way. And all around me, I see evidences of a world looking and searching, hungry, but not knowing where to find true nourishment.
I have come to call this restlessness "soul hunger", as over the years I have learned to recognize this yearning more and more. It's a deep longing, a crying out of the soul for it's home.
This past week, though busy and occupied with many things that I love, I felt the familiar pangs of hunger. Actually, this feeling of hunger can come upon us each day, and throughout the day. For just as our physical bodies need food, so our inner soul/heart longs for life-giving nourishment.
"Man shall not live on bread alone,
but on every word
that comes from the mouth of God."
Nothing else will satisfy. And maybe we are made for regular scheduled meals, as well as continual snacking throughout the day, all through our day - finding nourishment from every Word that comes from God. A continual feeding of the soul ...
" ... be transformed by the renewing
(or the feeding)
of your mind."
(Romans 12:2 - emphasis added, my own)
Loving Lord, in the midst of busy days and even while occupied with things I love, I choose to be fed by You, the Maker of my soul and all that I am. The only One who can truly satisfy the deep desires and cravings of my heart.
Linked to Faith Barista, Imperfect Prose, Brag on God Friday