“We need to learn to live by the supernatural. Ordinary fare will not fill the emptiness in our hearts…How else will we learn to eat it, if we are never hungry? How [do we] educate our tastes for heavenly things if we are surfeited with earthly? … My heart was saying, ‘Lord, take away this longing, or give me that for which I long.’ The Lord was answering, ‘I must teach you to long for something better.’” [Elisabeth Elliot]
Three years ago, I stumbled across this quote – one I’d surely read a handful of times before. But reading it again (written by a truly inspirational woman of faith) made me stop and think.
I’d recently returned from a year-long stay in Colombia, South America, where I’d been serving at a YWAM mission base on an island just off the coast of Cartagena. I was a newlywed, and my husband and I were seriously praying about (him) pursuing a career in the Navy. Lots was happening. There was a lot of new. And a great deal of uncertainty. I was convicted that I was settling for ordinary fare. I’d grown complacent. I was so spiritually overwhelmed by worldly cares and concerns that I was no longer hungering for the supernatural.
So much has happened in the past three years to bring me to a place of learning how to “long for something better.” This longing that does not come naturally to our sinful souls. Rather, we must practice it daily, making countless mistakes along the way, and still picking ourselves up and carrying onward.
This blog is my attempt to delve into things of supernatural importance – not all the time (as you will discover I also blog about decorating, travel, and adventuring). But in a world teeming with imitations and superficial entertainment, I want to be different. I want to challenge my fellow women to be “discontent with ordinary fare.” Let us be women who know what we believe, who remain steadfast in our convictions, who hunger for the Lord with passion.