Not too long after I wake up in the morning, my body begins to tell me something. There are signs and clues that send signals to my brain. My stomach begins to make noises. I feel an emptiness in that part of my body and it isn’t long before I realize I’m hungry and need to eat.
Similarly, in the evening my body slows down. My brain’s ability to be sharp and focused wanes. My eyelids feel heavy. All of these signals clue me in to the fact that I’m tired and need to go to sleep.
This is how our physical bodies work. And we pay attention to these clues and respond accordingly.
But what about spiritually? Are there clues and signals to our spiritual health and well-being that we are aware of? And do we respond accordingly?
Just like there is a morning hunger for food and an evening longing for rest, could it be that there is a spiritual hunger and longing in us as well?
The prophet Isaiah wrote “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you” (Isaiah 26:9).
Even Jesus knew this hunger, this yearning, in the morning. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” Mark 1:35.
And David wrote “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night…I cling to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:6, 8).
As the New Year approaches, I pray that all of us will pay attention to the spiritual longings of our hearts and souls. We long for a deeper relationship with the God of the universe, but we tend to feed our souls with everything but the God who satisfies. May it be in 2015, we seek Him in the morning and at night stretch out untiring hands in prayer to the One….
To the One… “who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:3-5).
Blessings to all our readers as you welcome in the New Year! May you tend to your spiritual health and well-being. May you know–know with a renewed sense of depth and intimacy–the One who satisfies.