I sat mesmerised watching this fantastic singer on "America's Got Talent";
And in particular I was grabbed by something he said;
"How hungry do I have to get to really start getting somewhere?".
Hunger. A feeling experienced when one has a desire (usually to eat). The feeling pre-supposes the fact that there is something or someone available to fulfill that desire. What is tragic is that although there is enough food in the world to feed everyone - On the average, a person dies every second as a result of starvation. The body is physiologically conditioned to actually cause pain and discomfort with hunger! It's probably why so many people on diets are miserable!
Hunger is meant to drive us to seek that fulfillment. So if the feeling of hunger for God and more of His Presence pre-supposes the fact that He wants to fulfill that desire then we have two choices when the hunger grows more and more;
1. We can continue to ignore the pains and agonies of hunger and become bitter and cynical and develop a theology of the omnipresence of God but just settle for that and that alone.
2. We can allow the hunger to drive us and drive us to seek Him and find Him when we search for Him with all our hearts and He WILL be found by us!
I think that's why I love watching reality TV shows like "America's Got Talent" and "X-Factor". I love, love, love watching people's hunger for their dreams being fulfilled. Sadly those dreams won't last. Fame is momentary. But we surely are in the best possible position ever - the manifest Presence of God on our lives and with us and walking with us will never fade and it is better than any drug high, any alcohol high, any sexual high. So at times over these past few weeks I've wished the pains would go away but they are pointing to a need!
Fresh oil - His Presence - that is all I ever need!