Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)
I had no idea. You had no idea about what? I had no idea what would satisfy me. I had this hunger and thirst for something more. I felt this void of emptiness within me. My life had no meaning and purpose. I was without hope or joy. Life was colorless and drab. So, I launched out in a search for something more. I wanted something else, even though I had no idea what that something else or more might look like. All I knew was that I could not live with a void of emptiness inside of me. I could not go forward with no hope or joy or meaning or purpose. I thought my journey might help me to find myself, whatever that meant, I’m not sure.
What happened to you? I’m sure you know what happened to me. Yes, I do. I’d like to hear you tell me what happened to you. I set off to find myself, instead I found you. Maybe that is not quite the right way to explain what happened. Why is that? You were pursuing me. You wanted me to come to know you. You wanted me to come to believe in you. You wanted me to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You wanted to fill the void of emptiness that was in me. You wanted to feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst. You wanted to fill my life with hope and joy and meaning and purpose. You wanted all the dreams and desires that you placed in my heart. You wanted to give me everything that you had prepared for me. So now, it sounds silly to say that I found you. You rescued me from a life without you. Yes, I did.
What will you do now that you are living in a relationship with me? How will you allow me to continue to feed your hunger and satisfy your thirst? I will keep on believing in you. I will keep on coming to you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I will keep on listening to you. I will keep on tasting of your kindness, mercy and love. I will live and walk in your presence. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Then I will keep on feeding your hunger and satisfying your thirst. Yes, I know. That is very good.
Lord, I have been hungry and thirsty. I have had a void of emptiness in my life. In the past, I have tried to feed my own hunger and satisfy my own thirst. Now, I know that only you can truly feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst, as I keep on coming to you. Amen
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