Are you hungry? Do you smell the delicious food cooking on the outdoor grill in the summer? How about on a late afternoon as the heat settles and the buzz of a neighbor’s lawn mower can be heard and off in the distance is the sound of a sprinkler…sptzzz….spatzz…sptzzz…spatzzz…and you catch a smell on the gentle breeze? Can you not only smell it, but feel it? That delicious, juicy, drippy, piled with all the fixings you can get, mouthwatering burger clenched in your hand. Yet, you sit. Legs propped up on the lounge chair. Burger meat still frozen in the freezer inside. The shrug of the shoulders indicating that you no longer are interested in the food.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Sometimes we get the whispers that tempt us to fight for or drive us to do something productive, maybe even amazing. That is the “hunger” that drives passionate people. My journey has taught me that the passion I shared in life with my husband can be focused towards so much more. In my amazing marriage to Carl, I learned to depend on him in so many things. That is normal for 24 years of marriage. That is what becoming one means, to interdepend on each other for our needs to be fulfilled. I am learning to overcome the deficiencies of my dependencies.
Stop and read that again — Overcome the deficiencies of my dependencies.
What do you hunger for? Are you even hungry? So much can happen when we are hungry for the right things. Some people are hungry for money; they do not like the thought of being poor. Some are hungry for power, they will never submit to others. I want to be so hungry for God and His plans for me that my actions produce a “right way of living.”
Whispers of the Holy Spirit pull me to be hungry for more — more than where I am right now. I can do more — I can be more — More kind — More loving — More righteous.
Proverbs 16:26 “The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.”