In Touch with Longing

In Touch with Longing

March 27

ISAIAH 26:9-12

Real talk: when psalmists or prophets declare their longing for God, I can’t always relate. Honestly, sometimes I’m in touch with my longing for a cheeseburger more than my soul’s deepest yearnings Godward. I’m embarrassed.

But when I am able to (very) intentionally stop and quiet myself with Jesus, there is from the center, corners, and edges desire: To be known. To be seen, heard, and to hear-from. To be steadied, forgiven, protected, loved, and grown into who I am in him.

This world doesn’t make it easy to find this space. At best, it offers the next distraction. At worst, it offers counterfeit answers to longings— false selves, lies, escapes, addictions, and half-truths that mess with our directions, decisions, and identities. We know too many entangled there, deafened to their soul’s deepest desire.

How in touch are you with your soul’s deepest longings?

In this world of endless distraction, Jesus, will you help us intentionally, regularly get with you—to be quiet, to hear from, and be heard by you? AMEN.

About the Author

Jim Lane  |  My greatest joy is my family—our children, Isaac, Rachel, Eli, and Moriah, and my wife and best friend of 26 years, Sara. I’ve been in ministry since way back—since I had hair—and currently serve as associate pastor at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, Arizona. I’m blown away by grace, humbled by the chance to serve, and thankful for all things green and brown and mountainy and trail-ish. I’m fervent in my belief that formational practices are key in a world such as this to quieting our souls from all of the clamor—to hearing and connecting with God. I believe in the underseen being seen. I love to be with the fam and to run, hike, and camp. When I am not doing those things (even when I am doing those things!), I am loving good food, good friends, good music (don’t get me started), and authenticity.

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