Pining

There are certain words as a writer I just love: undaunted, saudade, picturesque…

Lately, I’ve another favorite word has been emerging a lot. Sometimes it comes as “pining,” sometimes “longing,” but it comes around at least every other day.

As the days grow longer in this quarentine, disease ridden world, I feel my soul and heart longing, yearning, pining for heaven. At least once a week, I pour my heart out begging for Christ to come, already.

Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you were a fiance, longing for marriage or a soldier yearning for home. There’s something almost tangible about extreme pining.

We aren’t the only ones to pine for something. Hannah yearned for a child of her own. Leah longed to be loved. Joseph pined for Canaan. In all cases, it would have been easy to give up, stop wanting. But they didn’t. Despite the hunger, they remained faithful, and continually prayed for their needs. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us “Don’t worry about anything, but pray and petition every situation with thanksgiving, presenting your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Note what it says: if we pray with thanksgiving, God will give us His peace! We might not always get everything we are praying for (Leah and Joseph didn’t), but we will be given the peace to withstand the journey.

Are you pining today? Take it to God, in prayer. He promises peace.

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