Each of us have longings that arise within the depths of our souls. It is part of what it means to be human. As Adele Calhoun writes, “The longing for something more, no matter how weak or crackling with heat, is the evidence that God is already at work in your life.”
Some of our longings are good. It is a good longing to achieve something meaningful with our work. It is an appropriate desire to leave a worthwhile legacy behind us. The craving to be loved by another is given to us by God. It is right that we long to see lost loved ones again.
But there are other longings we have that are bent toward wrong. When we long for harm to come to another out of jealousy, that is a bent longing. Dreaming of our own fame and fortune over another reflects contorted desire. Seeking personal pleasure by using another person with no thought of their good is wrong.
Every longing, good or ill, has a source within our souls. At the heart of every longing is a deeper thought about who we are and what we most need in life. We need to trace our longings back to their source within our lives. We must acknowledge our longings to God, both those that are good and those that are bent. We must return to the source of our longings with God. There, as we open the depths of our souls, we begin to enter into the words of the psalmist:
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2, NIV)