I Want! I Want!

“’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope…’”
– Jeremiah 29:11

Poet/artist William Blake has a classic etching featuring a little man climbing a ladder toward the moon. The caption to the picture is “I Want! I Want!” If we’re honest, we identify with Blake’s little man. We come into this world “wanting.” We’re restless, so we climb and want, and we climb and want, yet we are never satisfied. And when we get to the top of the ladder, we realize what we’ve wanted will not deliver the satisfaction and meaning we’re searching for. We’ve wasted our life on things that don’t fulfill the purpose God has for us. Are you on that ladder? If so, carefully step down and begin again today, focused on God’s purpose and plan for your life. His way is the only way to live a life of meaning.

How many people do you know who are miserable because they spent years climbing and searching for something, only to discover that it did not satisfy the longings of their heart? Thank God for His perfect plan for your life, and for the price Jesus paid that you might experience it.