For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalms 107:9. MEV
I have been told that I have a voracious appetite for a little person. Quite honestly, I cannot disagree. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved a great homemade meal — or any great meal for that matter. I suppose I can attribute that to a mama that was the best chef I’ve ever known! It was her introduction to good food — quality food — that set the course for my discriminating palate.
As I grew into my early adulthood, there seemed to be a different kind of appetite that I could not fulfill. It was a deep longing for soul-satisfying food. And the more I questioned, the more questions I had. One query led to another and I found myself in search for ‘something that could fill the void.’
I had been raised in a GOD-fearing home, but still there was something missing amidst all the memorized rituals and holy days. In my heart of hearts, I still felt as though there just had to be more than just ‘be a good church-going girl’ thing. I kept to all the traditions that I had been taught and memorized all the right ‘vocabulary and mannerisms.’ But the emptiness only grew wider and deeper. My spiritual appetite was increasing and it led me on a pursuit that demanded satisfaction.
Attempts at reading self-help books just failed at truly quenching this need to feed. In fact, it increased my hunger. And then Jesus made Himself known to me through a friend who had just experienced her own salvation. I thought, ‘but I know all this stuff — I’ve always known all this stuff.’ The more I listened the louder His Voice became more recognizable to my spiritual ears.
What I thought I knew, was a far cry from what I had experientially knew. I had not experienced Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 MEV
When I came to terms with the fact that He came to this earth in the same living and breathing skin as my own, and that He gave His very life for my own, I broke down and cried. He did all of this for me so that I could have a personal relationship with the Father through Him. The Jesus I had learned about in church sermons had suddenly become more real to me in this precious and tender moment, than I had ever known Him to be in my entire life. He was not far off in a heavenly realm dealing with all the more urgent ginormous world problems — putting me on some later agenda. I was just as important to Him as those huge world problems.
A ‘personal GOD’ — this blew me away!
This emptiness was becoming filled, day by day, moment by moment. The more I fed on His Word the more satisfied my soul. For the first time, I felt the fullness of the Holy Spirit. And Girlfriend, I must say, it’s a satisfaction that doesn’t seem to end.
I continue to seek and desire to have more of Him — knowledge, understanding, truth. And He is faithful to serve it up. Because I have come to know that it is in Him that I have found my true self. This quest in search for Who GOD is led me to Who He is in my life. He is intimate. He is one-on-one. He is real. He is here. He is forever my Savior.
- Are you hungry, Girlfriend? What longing do you have that has not been satisfied?
Maybe it is time for you to experience what it’s like to be filled. This may be your moment to sit down and experience Jesus in a way you’ve never experienced Him. I encourage you to taste and see that the Lord is good. Feast on His goodness.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalms 34:8. MEV
I love you to Heaven and Back, Sweet Friend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary