The desires of your heart?
We are told what to desire from all sorts of sources: television, movies, books, magazines, people (family, friends), our own flesh, pictures.
And if we get bogged down with all these sources and what they say we will forget who we are really are and what we really desire.
God knows us better than we will ever know ourselves and He is not going go to give us those fleeting desires that aren't rooted in who we are. He isn't going to give us anything that pulls us away from who He created us to be.
I've got a favorite comic strip these days called Coffee with Jesus. One recent strip the creator put out really fits with this line of thought I'm following. Here it is:
I'm on this line of thought because I'm in a muddle when it comes to what I create -- I draw, paint and write. But I don't have a real focus right now. I want to but I'm just a bit scattered mentally. It is like I'm wandering around in my brain not sure which way to go. I need to get into that writer's zone, the artist's zone. That is where creativity happens.
(I continue to try but I think my cells and such are reordering themselves and my world since the loss of my Maggie in March. So, maybe I shouldn't rush anything.....)
As I think about what my desires are -- one that pops up often is me becoming financially successful enough for my husband to be a full-time rancher/farmer and preacher. I want to buy the land that originally went with our place (not that it is for sale -- that could be a sticky point even if I had the money), and see my husband raise Highland cows, work with the horses and preach. I'd love that to happen.
But you know -- when I am thinking about my true heart's desire -- do you know what comes to mind?
I would be content to see my husband and all of my children loving and serving God with their whole hearts. What joy that brings when it happens. And it does happen but it is a process. People are God's ongoing projects!
What are your true desires?
Not the ones you are told to have.
Not the ones your flesh tells you to want to make life easy and such.
What are the desires of your heart way down deep? The desires that would make you more you, the desires that would free you and get you closer to your Creator and His Will and would benefit your relationships?