Have you ever noticed how much we love to celebrate big milestones in our lives? Speaking of milestones, Adrianne and I just recently celebrated another milestone in our marriage, 14 years of wedded bliss!
Life seems so exciting in those moments, doesn’t it? There’s an anticipation leading up to those special times, our hearts leap with joy and we are flooded with excitement for the future or fond memories of the past. But, once those milestones have come and gone, we can sometimes find ourselves in seasons that may seem to have a lack of excitement or that may seem not as great or important in our life’s journey. But just because it isn’t my anniversary anymore, I shouldn’t love my wife any less or desire less of her presence in my life, right?
But, I think it can be that way with our faith at times. We can tend to celebrate the milestones and then fall into a sense of complacency or boredom if we aren’t careful. When we first heard the Good News and what Christ has done for us, our eyes were opened and our hearts were flooded with great love for our Savior. Or how about when we were baptized or went to campfor the first time or started serving in a ministry? Or when we saw God come through for us in a way that only He can? We were overwhelmed with excitement, thankfulness andanticipation of what was and is to come in this journey with God. But after a while, even with the best of intentions, those things can lose their luster. We just seem to go into cruise control, waiting for the next big thing to happen.
I think we’ve all experienced those seasons in our walk with God (I know that I sure have). But in those seasons, I believe that God is teaching us to love Him and trust in Him even more. To just take joy in Him for who He is! To marvel in the fact that we have access to His presence every single day! To desire Him every day, just as much as when I can tangibly see Him working in my life. Just because there isn’t a huge achievement or milestone to point to, doesn't mean He isn’t any less present in our day-to-day lives.
Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
I pray that my desire wouldn’t be more achievements, promotion, milestones or blessings; but rather more of Him! That just His daily presence would be my what I desire more than anything else.