“Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.”
I recently started reading Ernest Hemingway’s, A Moveable Feast. The book is really a memoir of his time in Paris during the 20’s. Paris during this time was a hub for artists to gather together, they lived in community and shared ideas. Basically, an introvert’s dream (and this INFJ is in love). Hemingway captures some of his experiences during his time, and as I was reading, there was a moment that stood out to me, the Holy Spirit was telling me to look deeper. There is a chapter where he speaks about hunger being a good discipline. As many artists and creators, there were days he wasn’t able to have food, he speaks of how devastating this was in Paris especially. He remarks how when he looked at the paintings of Cézanne, they felt different and he understood them more clearly. That was the moment the Holy Spirit told me to think about this. You see, we all hunger and thirst for more, we have a craving for deeper meaning in life, and this comes from an active pursuit of our creator.
I like to talk about art because I view myself as an artist, I think we’re all artists in our own way. I think this is true because we were made in the image of the creator of all things. I loved this picture that Hemingway was creating, he was speaking about the impact that fasting has. Fasting is taking something that once distracted you out of your life for a season in order to have clarity and redirect your cravings. I our lives we have things all over the place trying to get our attention. We have devices that we stare at for hours, we have unhealthy vices designed to help us cope, and we continually lose sight of a God who loves you. Love, it’s a season of Valentines, this week many will drop quite a bit of money to capture this emotion for their lives. I’ve always loved this season, my parents were married on Valentine’s Day, so it always meant something different to me. You may be thinking, “Joshua seems kinda all over the place,” but I think both are intrinsically tied together. Love is an action, and Jesus is the ultimate example of love. Our God sent his only son to pay the price for each of us, that’s real love, that’s the kind of love we should crave. We need to understand that our cravings can only be satisfied by a hunger and thirst for the love of Christ.
We have a void because of sin.
Sin separates us from God, so God sent his son to die and bridge the gap for us. We try and fill this empty void in our lives with all kinds of things. Unhealthy vices that take our time, fog our mind; distracting us from a full life. The truth is, we all have a void in our lives, this is because we aren’t pursuing a relationship with Christ. We look for others to give us love, but everyone will disappoint you. Maybe we turn to substances to find escape, but it will only end in heartache. Sometimes we may even put others down in order to claw our way to the top of the pile in our social and work lives. It will all fade away. The world’s view of love is meaningless and won’t get you very far, but God’s love is eternal. Everything else is worthless in comparison, so fill the void with a pursuit of a God that loves you more than you can ever comprehend.
Re-direct the craving.
We all have a desire for more. To be wanted and loved; to make a difference with the people around us. Sometimes we don’t know what to do with this, but we can re-direct the cravings for more in our lives to benefit others. Jesus would fast (and he did it for like, a really long time) in order to get closer to his father. He then spoke the same to his disciples, he exemplified what we all can do to redirect the cravings of our flesh. John 7:37 says, “It was the last and most important day of the feast. Jesus stood up and spoke in a loud voice. He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” Everyone has a hunger and thirst, it’s what we do with the craving that defines us. We need to use this hunger and thirst, and direct it to a God that simply wants a relationship with you. That’s what it comes down to, what do you want to be in a relationship with? It could be a person, an addiction, a habit, a food; whatever it is, I promise it will never fulfill you. Direct the craving towards a God that loves you relentlessly.
I love CW shows. Yes, I’m going to talk about melodramatic TV in the same post where I gushed over Hemingway. I’m weird and my brain keeps going all the time, it’s kinda the best. My old roommate John used to laugh at me as I would devour Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Gossip Girl. I have been currently loving the series, Riverdale, the re-vamped Archie comics CW show. It shows a group of “teens” (which makes me laugh because they are most definitely not teenagers), who all have over the top drama and face crazy situations. The show’s core is down to the relationship of friends, they all need relationship. Hemingway in Paris was hungry but always saw the importance of having relationships to help him in his hunger. In our own lives, we need relationships. We seek after it, and the most important relationship we need is with our creator. We need to follow our hunger and thirst into the place that we can connect with a God who loves us in the deepest sense. For Hemingway he needed Gertrude Stein’s apartment, for our Riverdale folks they need Pop’s Diner, for Jesus, he needed a quiet place in the woods. We need to seek Christ in our hunger and thirst for more. We need to connect with God and connect with other believers. We have a hunger and thirst, we can either fill the void with things that will pass away, or we can enter into the presence of the architect of the universe.
Satisfy the hunger and thirst with a pursuit of the one who loves you deeply.