That Deep Ache For More

“The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good" Romans 8:26-28.

I want a new job. I would be happier if I moved to a new city. I need new friends. I can’t wait for the new iPhone.

Sometimes I catch myself waiting. Okay… I catch myself waiting all the time. Waiting to really invest myself. Once I find that perfect job I will move to a new city and find a new church and make new friends and be happy. Only, I’ve done that before and it doesn’t work like that. I found myself still waiting for something else- the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place. And it never does. It’s a problem I see over and over, especially with us 20-somethings. We get bored easily, always craving something more. It doesn’t matter what we have now, we’ve been conditioned to want the new. The exciting. The best.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve your situation if it needs to change, but does it really need to change? Or do you need to change? Not by moving or finding love, but by changing your outlook on the present. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need “new.” I need a new perspective on now.

Dear Lord, thank you for today. Help me to live fully for you right this moment. May my day to day be a song of praise to you.

WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER