Getting What You Want
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
Guy Clark has a song called The Cape which tells the story of a young boy who wants to fly. He grabs a flour sack, ties it around his neck, and heads to the roof of his garage. He jumps and hits the ground just as gravity would have it.
Here's the chorus:
He's one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
Always trust your cape
We are like that boy. We want to fly. We want to be happy. We want to find true love or adventure or...something. We climb up on the garage and jump, hoping the cape we've made will give us lift. But, like the little boy, we do not know how flying works. Our sad attempts at creating capes for our lives do not make us fly, they make us fall.
Maybe money will make me soar.
Maybe if I find my soul mate I'll finally be happy.
Maybe if I get that job everyone will see I'm successful.
What is so counterintuitive about walking with God is that he grants our wishes in an instant, but we must grant that he knows what our wishes really are. You see, our love of money is really a quest for acceptance and security. Our desire for romantic love is rooted in a hunger for intimacy. Our drive for admiration is a longing to be seen and validated. These longings are all found satisfied in God himself.
What we really want is God, though we think we want his blessings. If we will, as Psalm 37 says, delight in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our hearts. And just what do our hearts desire? They desire God. So delight in him and get everything you've ever wanted.