I see so many woman clawing and searching for more, wanting the approval and accolades from social media cohorts or proclaiming their life’s complete through Target, Anthropology, Starbucks, or LuLaRoe leggings. None of these things are evil or wrong, but by no means do these things pacify the longing in our souls. It may be a minute or so of satisfaction, but then that small yearning will return eventually, if not immediately. There is still life to face. The burden of it all can feel and be such an undertaking. I don’t blame these ladies for looking for small comforts during the day. Any distraction! Something to dull the pain or discomfort of today. I’ve read comments literally, “I’m gonna buy or do _____ because my kids, my job, or my coworkers, or my boss or my bank account… etc.” Fill in the blank, we all do it! there seems to be this approval and acknowledgement from others (better than judgment), but I just cringe. I know if that sweet human only had a real friend to say, “LuLaRoe won’t satisfy what you’re longing for sweet, sister.” Like Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5-6, urging him pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness, instead of the pursuit of quarrels, unhealthy talk, envy, slander, evil suspicions, depravity, and seneseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destructions. In all humility, Paul counsels Timothy, for he confesses his past sins and weaknesses in chapter 1. He described his life before Christ and the great mercy and grace of God that he now relies on to live a life full of peace, thanksgiving, godliness, and dignity. It’s not that the things we go to are bad (or if they are sinful, then we know we need to run from them!), but if we are going to them for satisfaction or gratification over our relationship and leading from God, something is wrong.
I, like Paul, long to URGE you, dear friends to live and go deeper. I have been there, scrambling for anything to make the day better, searching and ignoring the longing in my soul for JESUS! That is ALL we need. Sure, coffee will help us get through the day when we had horrible night’s rest with our toddler, also a piece of chocolate or new outfit can cheer us up after a rough week at work. Our first go to daily must be Jesus. Our answer in times of trouble, anxiety, or sadness should be Jesus. Furthermore, the initial response to all things that weigh heavy on us or are overwhelming is to offer it up to the true Comforter and Healer of our souls, Jesus. I have bought the LuLaRoe on a day things were going horribly wrong at home. I have drank the extra cup of coffee, and to tell you the truth, I have gotten drunk, participated in evil deeds of darkness, and gone way farther down that road of depravity then I would care to admit. It does NOTHING. It makes that ache hurt worst, accompanied by guilt and shame. I heed and plead with you, dear friends. Don’t let it go that far! Go to Him. He WILL and DOES sustain, comfort, satisfy, nurture, and relieve our souls from the weariness of this daily life.
Promises from God:
When we go to Him, His yoke is easy and his burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
He hears our prayers. (Proverbs 15:29)
He delivers us. (Psalms 34:17)
He will fill us with joy and peace, giving us HOPE. (Romans 15:13)
What distracts you or have you turned to for a cheap filler instead of our Father’s love?