To the present hour, we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless. --I Corinthians 4:11
Hunger and thirst join the ranks of other expendable things when we are involved in that which claims our heart and soul. There are just some things in life that are more important than hunger, thirst, clothes, and comfort. When we have found ourselves utterly held by something or someone that means more to us than anything we have previously thought to be important, we find that we want to give our complete and full attention to that something or someone – even if it means we will suffer the physical consequences of hunger and thirst. Consider the hours a parent sits with a sick child, completely oblivious to the needs of their own body. Or the hours given to a work project that is critical to one’s professional career. Or the endless time given to a work that is born of a deep passion for the world. Or the timeless energy the heart gives when it has fallen in love. In those circumstances, hunger and thirst are little more than bodily messages that one can choose to ignore.
Hunger and thirst can claim us when nothing else more important does. But, like the ocean that cannot not wash up on the shore, there are times when even that which sustains life needs to be relinquished in order to participate in that which gives greater life. How hungry and thirsty are you and for what?
O God, do not let me be so afraid of suffering hunger and thirst that I turn away from that which can transform me and the world.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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