“If our trust is placed in human beings, we will end up despairing of everyone.” (My Utmost for His Highest, 7/30).
It is taking me a long time to learn this one.
My expectation of others is so high that I always find fault. It doesn’t always appear that way at first…that the problem lies with me. We’re so quick to find fault outside of ourselves. Seeing what’s not there in a spouse, parent, friend, child. Only noticing what they are lacking and how that causes me to lack. Too much trust is placed in the unsuspecting hands of another. Trusting them that they will fill our needs, desires. Often unspoken even. That’s a tall order. To expect someone else to fill that kind of void. Those unsuspecting hands are also imperfect. What human being can wholly meet needs and desires, even when trying with all their might? None. Yet, we continue to expect it. We get lonely, feel hurt, lose hope when what is not even nearly realistic does not happen.
“There is only one Being who can completely satisfy to the absolute depth of the hurting human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.” (My Utmost for His Highest, 7/30)
We have the solution to our longing for completeness, being known by another. It is Jesus. I am reading this book by Ted Dekker called A.D. 33. It is such a well-written book. He so beautifully captures the character of Christ as he interacts with others in this fictional, based on real events, novel. The tears flow free as Mary, sister of Lazarus, retells her meeting Jesus on His way to her home after Lazarus died.
This is the part that caught my heart.
Jesus is completely perfect and able to meet all of our needs. He is aware of our needs…even knows better than we do. Best of all, He wants to meet our needs. He is not too tired or busy. Only He can completely satisfy our hearts. Ah, but we forget. I do anyway. Let us not forget to go to Him for those needs, before and after we get disappointed with those around us. It doesn’t matter. He just wants us to come. Lay our burdens at His feet. Allow ourselves to be know intimately by Him. Weep with Him. Be filled. I want to keep leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus. Lean with me!