When I lived in Germany, I had a completely different diet. There were a lot of foods I learned to enjoy, but others I dreadfully missed. Because of our inability to find brown sugar, I went half a year without a single chocolate chip cookie. One day, a local family invited me over and said they had a surprise waiting for me. Walking into their kitchen, I saw that elusive ingredient I had longed after for months- Brown Sugar. I asked where it came from, desperate to find the source. You see, one of their family friends lived on an American Army base and had a fresh stockpile from home. That night I slept well, with a stomach full of doughy chocolate chip cookies, completely satisfied.
That day I learned an important lesson, Without some essential ingredients, you’ll always be settling for a cheap counterfeit. My German friends were determined to convince me their sugar cookies were just as tasty as a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, but I knew better.
Bigger than just a few chocolate chip cookies, I believe each of us has a deep-seated hunger that drives us every day. That hunger and passion you feel for something greater was placed on your heart by God himself. “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
Having a hunger for something keeps you coming back. The question is are you ever satisfied? Are the things you try to fill your heart with bringing you life? Don’t try to suppress your hunger with the convenient, but instead come to Jesus! He said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
When we go to God to feed our weary souls, he alone can satisfy our deepest desires. When this passage says eternal life, the author meant both in longevity and in quality. Being in constant connection with Jesus allows you to live your life with meaning, value, and purpose. Take a moment to slow down. Think about the perpetual hunger that compels you every day- that need to be wanted, appreciated, and loved. What if that hunger was actually an indication of some longing far deeper than you even understood. A longing only one person can continually fill.
"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Father, help me to see where I’m filling my hunger for you with some cheep substitute. I need more of you in my life. Show yourself to me in a new way today as I try to end this school year well. Amen!