“The degree to which I allow weakness to become thirst for more of God, and the degree to which I allow myself to lean into that thirst rather than run from it, is the degree to which I am becoming my best self.”- Sara Hagerty
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”- Psalm 42:1 (NIV)
In Chapter 10 (“Thirsty Seasons: Learning to Long for God’s Presence”) of Unseen, Sara Hagerty asserts we benefit when we start to lean into, not run from, our weaknesses. When we unravel our hearts at the feet of Jesus, we being to realize the brokenhearted aren’t those we pity from our comfort zone. We are the brokenhearted!
Furthermore, Sara notes, it’s not present adversity that ruins us. Our ruination occurred long before. However, adversity shows us the true extent of our weakness. And when we clearly see our ruined state, we see how much we need God.
As a result, what others call our end or ruin potentially brings us closer to God than any one of our strongest days. Yet, Ms. Hagerty adds, we’ll do anything to feel strong again. Even if that strength is but a mere shadow of God’s strength. Thus, we find what we’ve been thirsting for when we die to our created illusion of strength. For God created us to:
- want more of Him
- thirst for Him
- need Him – even when we only desire to need ourselves
Today’s question: How do you allow weakness to become thirst for more of God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Desperate thirst – an indicator of present and coming growth”