You’ve done it yourself. Open the refrigerator door, close the refrigerator door. Check the cupboards. Back to the refrigerator. The produce drawer, the back of the middle shelf. Maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for in the freezer. Ice cream? No, not even ice cream will satisfy. Not today.
Sometimes we know exactly what it is we’re craving. But most of the time, we just feel the hunger, the gnawing need to be satisfied with ….. something. What kind of something, we don’t know. Just something.
When the belly cravings begin, it’s self-discipline that calms that monster. “This is not the first time I’ve wanted something, and it won’t be the last. I’ll survive.”
But when the spirit cravings begin, what do you do?
The answer is the same: self-discipline.
They start because I think I can find satisfaction somewhere outside the Source of Contentment for my Soul -- which inevitably leads to foolishness and, let's face it, sin. But the thirst is too deep, the hunger too intense, and before long I am languishing again.
Early 20th century minister J.R. Miller writes in his commentary on Isaiah 55:1-3:
"Come to the waters! And he who has no money—come!" The invitation is universal. "Every one." It is to the poor as well as to the rich. "He who has no money." It meets the universal human need. It fits the actual craving of men. "Every one that thirsts!" Who does not thirst? Who has not deep needs burning in his soul?
When I begin the rovings and the wanderings and the searchings for that which will satisfy my spirit cravings, it might take a while of mucking through stupid internet websites or browsing online shops, but not always. It’s a good day when the Lord catches my thoughts and directs me back to the sole source of soul satisfaction: Him. When I spend some time in his word, tasting and feasting on the nourishing and delectable tidbits of his truths and loving promises, I am satisfied. I am content. What took me so long?
** Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating). The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me! This week, the word was CRAVE.
Laura England Miller