Getting What You Want Or Wanting What You Get


“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

Have you ever envied those who are healthy?  Those who don't struggle for lack of money?  Those who seem to have perfect lives?

I know I have.

Yet, as I am learning through this walk along side of my challenges, things may not be exactly as they seem.

I've been reading in the book of Jeremiah and it seems to me that he gets straight to the heart of the matter.

How many folks are hewing cisterns for themselves -  walking after emptiness, - instead of God?

This is not a new thought for me.

I know that, for the most part, it was the entrance of my challenges over 25 years ago that have propelled me toward God.  And the more the challenges intensified - so did my need for God.

When I received my doctoral degree, a friend of my mother sent me a card with these handwritten words inside.

"Happiness is getting what you want.

"Joy is wanting what you get."

I've often run off in search of happiness.  It has been elusive at best.  And often, when I found what I thought I wanted, it felt empty.

Yet, joy?  Joy for me is often found in such simple things. Yet, my greatest joy has been in wanting what I get.

In particular, my relationship with God.  I want that relationship.  I need that relationship.  I crave that relationship.

I guess each of us faces that choice.  The bottom line is - are we walking after emptiness - or after God.

I am reminded of some of the words to a song called "Broken Cisterns"

You search and search for all but me

But emptiness is all you see,

Your shallow wells they soon run dry

But the well of life you walk right by

Why don’t you come to me?


He who believes in me will never thrist again.

Why do you search for emptiness that can’t satisfy you when

Living water, the living water,

Is by your side?

Why don’t you come to me?

For those of you who are dealing with your challenges alone - who are trying to find ways to fill the voids left behind by your losses, be it health, jobs, friends ...  I earnestly pray that you will be seeking the living water that will give meaning to your lives - challenged as they are.

I pray, dear reader, that you do not necessarily get all that you want in this life.  But that you get everything you need, in Christ.

Amen and amen


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