Desire for God can safely hide beneath our drives, aspirations, and commitments. Why? Well, because it’s not acceptable to acknowledge needing God in our increasingly secular world. When was the last time you heard someone openly or casually say, “I need God…and I don’t really know how to find him” or, “I want God. How can I truly know him?" And, how often do you hear people talk about misery without blaming God? Can we candidly express misery and desire for God? "I don’t know if God wants me, knows me, or even cares about me. Is He even personal like that? How can I know God's presence personally? Yet, we express profound and unrelenting desire for lasting love and do so passionately through our music, movies, and literature. To have the same ardor towards the living God is seen as odd, weak, and fanatical! So its suppressed.
A Gift in Disguise
Desire for God can't be completely suppressed because of it's supernatural or spiritual nature and the universal problem of misery. Misery is a gift in disguise that makes us aware of this supernatural desire within us. For example, if you’ve ever seen the pain of a child lost in a public place, separated from his mother or father—you know the misery this separation imposes on a helpless young child. Children will cry out in agony, “I just want my mama.” If your misery is deep enough--you'll cry out similarly, "God, where are you? I need you!" Because you are God's child your cry is every bit as helpless before Him as that young child's cry is to you. And just as that child's mother agonized over that separation--God's heart agonizes over you when you are in misery but do not cry out to him for help. When I reflect deeply about God dying in agony on a Cross...my heart breaks and my soul rises up to embrace his Sacred Heart and accept the love he offers my empty soul. I've learned from Saint Faustina and Blessed Mother Teresa how deeply the act of accepting God's love satiates his thirst for our love...imagine that!
Misery Draws the Divine Heart to You!
He longs to keep you close to his Heart where all your desires can be satisfied—and—all your misery swallowed up in his tenderness and mercy.
Some days my soul cries out helplessly just like that child—even though I know he's right here with me. I love being very close to him in my thoughts and inviting him into all my activities daily. I'm learning not to be ashamed of my profound and ongoing need for God. I'm learning that in God's eyes needing and wanting him above all else is healthy and good....
Misery is a reality in this world that afflicts everyone of us in some form and degree. If you’re human, it touches your life. But, that's not all it does. It draws the divine Heart to you!
What Will You Do?
You can turn to God or not. It really is that simple. Those who choose “not” commonly turn to what Bishop Robert Barron, founder of the global media ministry, Word on Fire, describes in his podcast titled, Real Spiritual Power, as the four classic substitutes for God—wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. Alone or combined, regardless of their splendor, at the end of the day they are only distractions that fail miserably to satisfy the supernatural desire of your heart which is:
From our Lord's words to Maria Faustina Kowalska, a young Polish nun, mystic, and saint—words written in her Diary (Divine Mercy in My Soul) Jesus says, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." Ready to take a step toward experiencing that peace?
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