So I was having a conversation with a friend recently and felt led to ask him how I could pray for him. He said “for happiness.” I got to thinking afterward how much easier it is to pray for someone when they’re sick (“Lord, please heal them….”), or need work (“Lord, please provide a job….”), but happiness? I know what makes me happy, and I believe it would make him happy as well, but he may not agree. People have different ideas of what would make them happy, yet when they arrive at that destination, be it the top of the ladder in their field, or married, or blessed with wealth they often find it doesn’t satisfy. What satisfies?
Love. Not just any love, but God’s love. For God so loved the world, He gave, and I’m finally getting to the place where I am able to believe I’m his beloved daughter and He delights in me! It is transforming my life! Why has it taken so long? I’ve been a Christian for thirty years! I think it has something to do with being childlike. For most of my Christian life I tried to act like this person I wasn’t. I tried to be a good person! Well I’m not. No one is!!! When I started to be real with myself first and then with God, things changed. I began to understand what it means to rest in the finished work of the Cross and stop trying to add to my faith. I kept praying, “God, I don’t know how to draw near to you, but I’m trying! You said if we drew near to You that You’d draw near to us, and I’m holding you to that!!!” Well, He keeps His promises. Now that I’ve had a taste of Him I’m ravenous for more! Nothing could ever satisfy my soul the way His presence does. Hymns that I used to sing half-heartedly now bring me to tears. I wonder, like in the Keith Green song, “How Can They Live Without Jesus?” I realize all this may make me look foolish in the world’s eyes, but that doesn’t matter to me anymore.
So as I’m lying in bed talking to God and thanking Him for something, somewhere in the prayer I say, “Jesus, you are so good!” and I remember, wait, Jesus said call no man good but the Father. “Okay, Father, you are so good, and Jesus, you are just awesome!” and then I get this message in braille (I’ll address that someday) Then what am I? “Holy Spirit, you are just, just…GROOVY!” Yes, I said groovy, and then laughed, and I think I heard Him laughing, too. So, yeah. Welcome to my world :)
But back to my friend. It is a good thing to recognize when you’re not happy and there’s a void in your soul aching to be filled. The fact that it’s God-shaped doesn’t stop us from trying to stuff it with anything and everything BUT God, and Satan works overtime to keep us distracted (C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters” is an interesting read) but God may be calling my friend. I hope that is the case. I pray it is. There is no greater happiness than knowing you are loved by a Heavenly Father and that your sins are forgiven. He loves you so much that even if you were the only person on this earth, he would still have sent His Son to die for you! He’s like the prodigal’s father, looking out the window every day for his son, and when he sees him can’t wait for him a second longer than he has to runs to meet him! And that’s pretty groovy, lol.
“Come to me, all ye who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“There is nothing more certain in Time and Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole human race back into right relationship to God and made the basis of human life Redemptive, consequently any member of the human race can get into touch with God now.” Oswald Chambers
Yes, now would be a good time. He’s coming back soon, you know….