Longing…

Coronavirus sucks. I’m not sure about you, but I’m not looking forward to social distancing and staying away from people in my work and life. I’m longing for normals return already. I’m longing for more, much more…

 

I’m longing for normalcy, for filled SWA flights, for a return to A list status no less. I’m longing for sports, live sports to return. I’m longing to be with athletes, in person, in BTL team practice and feel the sweat and heat oozing from their tired bodies. I’m longing for BTL team practices focused on opportunities and growing organizations. I’m longing for crowded highways and being stuck in traffic on 315 heading into downtown Cbus. I’m longing for lines at Northstar. I’m longing for normalcy. I’m longing for a return to our American way of life, to a life of freedom not a life of cancellations, coronaissues, and God forbid, running out of tissues.

 

You and I are meant to long for so much more. These interruptions are meant to teach us that these longings are part of God’s plan. We are designed to long for more than just normalcy, aren’t we? We all have longings for more than health, happiness, and a return to whatever life’s been when it’s been at its best. I mean when we’re honest with ourselves, we long for perfection, justice, beauty, relationship, and spiritual connection beyond what we can see and touch. We are not only meaning monger, us humans, but we’re creatures created with a deep sense of longing. When life slows you down, do you feel this deep sense of longing for something more? Slow down and sit with this for awhile. Come on man, it’s easy now isn’t it to get on the slo train? So, in this gift of forced seclusion friend might I suggest you investigate your longings.

 

For me, I’m longing for more.

 

Not more toilet paper. Not more Lysol wipes. Not more Wall Street normalcy and not more physical freedoms though all of these would be good and I’m praying for them too. But, when I’m honest with myself, they aren’t nearly enough. I’m longing for more. I’m longing for more peace within my soul, and more peace and goodwill with all of humanity. I’m longing for more faith, more love, and more grace. I’m longing for God’s spirit to break into this soul and make me whole. I’m longing for less brokenness and battles with myself, much less with all you fine folks. I’m longing for more, friend. What about you? What are you longing for that you sense has been lost through this coronacrisis? C.S. Lewis had this to say about longings some seventy years ago – “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”Slow down and think for yourself. Slow down and think about your desires and longings. Slow down and think. Good.

 

Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…

2 thoughts on “Longing…

  1. Those who I have a great amount of empathy for at this moment are those who have not developed their faith muscle. They may have heard about this itinerant preacher who walked with us over 2,000 years ago yet like many they chose to not look deeper into His message. They have in effect failed to ground themselves in the truth and that which we have been called to accomplish while on this side of the dirt. Christ told His disciples that the harvest is ripe. In my short time on this earth, I have never witnessed a more ripe harvest in which to proclaim the truth. Matthew 28:18-20 is our command. As a former Army officer, when I was given a command it was my duty to carry that out to the best of my ability. As a soldier in the Army of God, His final command has to be our marching orders if we indeed proclaim the His name. What I have learned in my walk with Him is that He provides me companionship that I see far too many men lacking. This is an epidemic that has hit men the hardest and I believe that it is an overall plan from the enemy to separate us from a truly loving Creator.

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