Sunday, April 13, 2008

What do we really "want" ??

The other night, my daughter had a friend to spend the night. It was her idea. She asked for this other girl to spend the night. By the time they spent all evening together, and slept the night together, and began playing the next morning... things weren't really going like my daughter had hoped. They had begun to have a few "differences of opinion". One wanted to play inside, the other wanted to play outside. One wanted breakfast, the other was ready to start playing. Finally, the friend decided to go outside by herself. I watched my daughter sit in the recliner with such a sad look on her face. Things were not going like she had hoped.... and they were her plans.

I thought about all of the times that God has allowed me to have "what I wanted". All the times that, after I got it... I wondered "why in the world did I want this??" Not that my daughter didn't enjoy having her friend over.... it just started my thought process. SO.... please don't misunderstand... my daughter didn't feel like she made the wrong choice having her friend over. I just got to thinking as I watched her.

We find out from Jeremiah 17:9, " the heart is deceitful above all things". We can't trust our feelings. We can't trust our wants. We can't trust our heart. It will lead us astray. The only fix for our desires comes from Psalm 37: 4, " Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart". The difference is, that when we truly delight ourselves in the Lord... His desires will become our desires. We will begin to want what He wants. The things that please Him will begin to please us.

Delight ourselves in the Lord.... how do we do that??? The dictionary says that delight means, "great pleasure; joy, someone or something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment, to please greatly". I get the greatest pleasure and enjoyment from my family when I spend time with them. When I sit and talk with them. When I listen to them. The same with God.... I won't delight in Him without spending time with Him, talking to Him, and listening to Him. The more that I know my Lord... the more I delight in Him.

Knowing God. My life goal. That is what I really WANT.

God loves you like no one else can....


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I desperately need some time with God this find my delight in Him alone! This means...more intentional time at his feet! Less time doing...well just about everything that consumes my thoughts and energies. Thank you for the reminder.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I nearly wore poor Jennisa out with my blog makeover. I can't wait to see what she will do with yours? Well worth every dollar. I wanted to focus on words rather than my design. Having a new canvas will allow you to put your energies elsewhere. Happy painting.

PS: I know what you mean about being "nervous" about the new blog design. Kind of like giving "birth."

Amanda said...

Good post! I'm so with you on just wanting Him! Thanks for stopping by from LMP's blog! It's nice to meet someone new!