It was 70 degrees on Saturday and today I am looking out my window at icicles hanging off our beautiful Japanese maple. Old man winter just does not want to give up his grip this year. Spring tries to make an appearance but is suddenly upstaged by yet another winter weather event. Most of you know I am a major snow fan, but lately all we are getting is ice and sleet. I want to make this clear; I am not a fan of sleet and freezing rain.
I am tired of winter this year and I am hungry for spring. Some of the guys were talking at work today about remembering snow in April. I wasn’t aware it could still snow in April around here. If it could happen, this might be the year we see it again. But truthfully, let’s save some snow for next year. I am ready to start working in the yard and garden. Well, I am not totally ready for grass cutting, but the rest of it would be great.
I guess when we hit these transition periods in the seasons I find myself hungry for the new season. I love the arrival of fall after a long, hot summer. I look forward to seeing snow with the arrival of winter. Spring has got to be my favorite time of year because of the gardening. We love to go to garden centers and dream about what we can do in our yard. That’s settled, I am officially hungry for spring!
Some people might think that being hungry is not a very good thing. I believe it is actually a good thing to be hungry for spiritual things. Being hungry for spiritual things can drive us to spiritual growth. If we find ourselves in a place where we are looking for God not because we are in a desperate situation, but because we simply want more of Him; that is a good thing.
In my daily devotions I am reading through Proverbs. Over and over again we are told to eagerly desire wisdom. We are to seek it out, search for it; we are supposed to be hungry for more wisdom. God wants us be hungry for wisdom. How do we get more wisdom? We need to spend time in God’s word and with Him. When I say reading, I mean reading that includes meditation and cross referencing passages of scripture.
I find myself hungry on Sunday morning. We are going through a particularly interesting series at our church. I have taught the same series several times in my life, but my pastor is approaching the series in a unique “how-to” kind of way. He’s teaching us how to apply the scriptures in a practical way so we can make the word of God work more effectively in our lives. God wants us to have a good journey through life and He gave us an instruction book on how to do that. I’m hungry to learn because I want a good spiritual journey.
Lately I am hungry for more time with God. I know that I can talk with Him anytime I want, but daily life can be very distracting. The Bible tells us that if we seek God then He will be found. I think God hides some things to encourage us to seek Him. He loves to see that look on our faces when we discover new things about Him. There is a joy and reward in discovering God.
I think we need to stir up our hunger for God. We need to invite God into the routines of our lives. We can talk and visit with God while we are sitting at the stoplight, waiting for the kids, doing laundry, and whatever else we have to do today. Seeking God doesn’t need to be relegated to our quiet times. We need to invite him into every part of our lives. If we are hungry for Him, God’s in the business of satisfying our hunger.
I want to encourage you to seek more of God in your life. We can never have too much. None of us has figured it all out. There is always something new to discover about God. He gets excited when we discover more about Him and His ways. His ways lead to a good journey through life and that’s something He wants for each one of us. So stir up that hunger and ask God to reveal more of Himself to you. That is one prayer I guarantee He will answer.
Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is located at www.dougcreamer.com Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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