It occurred to me last night as I was thinking about someone.... Desperation will will make one of two things happen in your life: it will either cause you to surrender, or it will destroy you. You cannot have it both ways though.
I'm ashamed to admit, I've been desperate for many things in my life.... Attention, money, an understanding shoulder to cry on, love, rest, sinful pleasures, a new car, a listening ear, friends, and some things that necessarily aren't bad. But these are all things that should be second place - on the back burner, if you will - not in the forefront of my mind.
In the book of Lamentations, which really means the "Book of Weeping" (lament = weep; cry; be sorrowful), the prophet penned these words (ch. 3:21-25):
21. This is recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him
I want to be desperate. but not for the things of this world. not for the things that this life has to offer. not for the tangible things with are corruptible. No. I want to be desperate for my God. I want to seek after Him with all my heart, mind, and soul. I want to know the depth of both the riches and glory of Jesus Christ.
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God:" (Psalm 42:1, 2a)
What are you desperate for?
Or rather... WHO are you desperate for?
Hmmmm.... Think about it.
I am Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! I am intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. I have a good head on my shoulders, and oftentimes find myself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. I take great pleasure in many things. I am proficient in nearly all of them, though I will never own it. Lest I seem too perfect, I have a tendency toward prejudgement that serves me very ill indeed.