Colossians 1:27, NIV
the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake… Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.” (Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)
Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
“A Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love.” (John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, p.6)
“It will not go away in spite of our efforts over the years to anesthetize or ignore its song, or attach it to a single person or endeavor. It is a Romance couched in mystery and set deeply within us. It cannot be categorized into propositional truths or fully known any more than studying the anatomy of a corpse would help us know the person who once inhabited it.” (John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, 19)
Psalm 42:1-2, NIV
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 63:1-3, MSG
God — you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. 2 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. 3 In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains.
Psalm 27:4, 8, NLT
4 The one thing I ask of the LORD — the thing I seek most — is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Psalm 84:1-2, 10, NLT
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty. 2 I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.
10 A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
Jeremiah 31:3, NIV
3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
“Even in your hobbies, has there not always been some secret attraction which the others are curiously ignorant of… something which you were born desiring… you are looking for, watching for, listening for? … If it should really become manifest… Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say, ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul.” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain)
“When the desire is too much to bear, we often bury it beneath frenzied thoughts and activities or escape it by dulling our immediate consciousness of living. It is possible to run away from the desire for years, even decades, at a time, but we cannot eradicate it entirely. It keeps touching us in little glimpses and hints in our dreams, our hopes, our unguarded moments.” (Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)
Helen Keller in a letter to Phillips Brooks wrote this concerning God:
“I always knew He was there, but I didn’t know His name!”