The worst part about living in Canada is easily the cold and snow. There is a commercial on TV up here that talks about how Canadians never say “let’s wait for a warmer day” that drives me nuts. Sure, for the most part we are wired to handle the cold. We are used to it. I might be used to it, but I hate it! I always wait for a warmer day.
It started to warm up briefly last week; the snow was melting, and I felt like I could finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Then, like a punch to jaw the weather dropped back down the minus 30’s and has been snowing pretty much non-stop. I’ve decided I don’t care. I’m not shovelling anymore. It’s going to melt soon anyway, and I’m completely sick of winter. More importantly I’m sick of the cold.
The desire of my heart is not to be in cold weather anymore.
One of my best friends (I have a small circle I consider to be very close to me and this man is one of the tops) came back from a short trip. This trip was to surprise a lady he’s been getting to know for Valentine’s Day. Without going into a ton of detail, my friend has had a very very rough 9 years. When I first met him he was happily married. Since then his wife has initiated their separation and now divorce (she filed and I can assure you the process was biblical – read Matthew). This man is a great man. He loves his kids (they live with him), he takes time for the ones he loves and more importantly he has a heart for God and His Kingdom. I seem to hang around people with servant hearts, and he is no exception. Over the past decade he has done more work for me and our church than almost anyone I know. In a time where he could have easily lost faith and folded, he stood up and continued his journey with God. The Grace and love of God, and his community, carried him through this painful journey.
As I was BBM’ing him today I was reminded of his journey over that past several years. I remember a prayer meeting we had with the band we are both in and how we cried and wept together over his situation. We prayed for him and his marriage. We wept and asked that God heal it.
As I thought of that, I realized that if God would have given us the desires of our hearts that day, today would look much different. Not that a marriage getting back together isn’t great but it got me thinking. What are the desires of our hearts? In Psalms 37 we read that God will give us the desires of our heart. Now I know, before all the bible nerds pipe up, yes I know the context (Focus on God, be with God and He will give you the desires ((God ones)) of your heart).
My friend was plugged into the Kingdom of God. He pressed in even more to the word of God. He was centered in God and his desire was to be with his wife. However it never happened. I was struck today by a thought I’ve never really entertained before. Sometimes we project in our finite minds what the desire of our heart is in relation to what we know. So perhaps our prayers were ignorant that day because we were focused on our knowledge and not God’s (of course I believe God doesn’t want people to get divorced but I also know he invented it with Moses). What I’m saying is simply this. Have you ever prayed for your heart’s desire?
See if God would have answered our prayer my friend would have never met this lady. I believe that this relationship (no matter what the relationship turns into) has brought a real healing. It’s great to see. So as I was thinking about that I recognized something. Perhaps the desire of our heart goes much further than the physical that we see. Perhaps the desire of my friend’s heart was to be with someone, have the opportunity to Love, be loved, and give Love.
Next time you pray maybe focus on the foundational desire as opposed to the physical manifestation. Pray for the root of the desire instead of what you think that desire looks like (in this case a chance to be Loved again). Isn’t it funny how small minded we can be? Thankfully God is in control. His timing is perfect! And His plans are so good. I’m so happy for my friend. He has been brought home from exile! PRAISE GOD!
Jeremiah 29: 11-14 in the Message:
10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. 15-19“But for right now, because you’ve taken up with these new-fangled prophets who set themselves up as ‘Babylonian specialists,’ spreading the word ‘God sent them just for us!’ God is setting the record straight: As for the king still sitting on David’s throne and all the people left in Jerusalem who didn’t go into exile with you, they’re facing bad times. God-of-the-Angel-Armies says, ‘Watch this! Catastrophe is on the way: war, hunger, disease! They’re a barrel of rotten apples. I’ll rid the country of them through war and hunger and disease. The whole world is going to hold its nose at the smell, shut its eyes at the horrible sight. They’ll end up in slum ghettos because they wouldn’t listen to a thing I said when I sent my servant-prophets preaching tirelessly and urgently. No, they wouldn’t listen to a word I said.'” God’s Decree.
Posted with permission from my friend!