Thursday, September 24, 2015

BURNING DESIRE

Speak the words, "Burning Desire" and I am immediately transported to a torrid love story---James Deanish good looks and steamy looks of love---NO-fraid not!   My burning desires revolve more around ice cream  (WHERE ARE YOU BLUE BELL?) and good food these days. The desires of my heart have morphed into an al la carte menu with white table cloth, bone china, shimmering crystal stemware, and the best silverware.  The closest I come to hot and steamy is working in the yard in the afternoon sauna called September in Texas. 


Where are my burning desires these days?  As the old commercial once advertised, "They have come a LONG WAY, Baby!"  


In a moment of true confession, I still have the desire to be desired.  The problem with my want (certainly not a need) is the few times I have allowed myself to be placed in the company of a man--it literally knocked me for a loop.  I quickly ran for the hills and never looked back.  There was nothing wrong with the men--the problem stands with me.  My heart goes into overdrive with even the thought of any replay of the past.  Being alone is not all bad--and certainly better than ever enduring heartbreak again.


What fuels our need to be desired?  Simply stated--we were created to be in a relationship.  We begin jumping through hoops at a young age in an effort to draw the attention of the opposite sex.  Created to pro-create--we start the search for the perfect mate not long after passing the mark in maturity called puberty.   Remembering and laughing over my teenage years, the quest to have a "boyfriend" was all about popularity--seeking the highest possible strata on the social ladder.  The games really ramped up about the time I hit college.  Today's world does not even slightly resemble my early years.  One thing remains the same--inside of or outside of marriage---we want to be desired.

The problem with this desire to be desired--is where it eventually will lead.  Divorce happens---death happens---old age and infirmities happen--boredom can happen---desire will fade with time in most cases.  We have placed significance in another of the fleeting things of this earth.  Not unlike wealth, fame, importance, beauty, notoriety---they are all subject to vanishing in the blink of an eye---and then what do you have?  The distant memory of a flame long since cooled by the ravages of time.  Not to say our love lives become extinct with age--but to recognize the transformation from lust to love which is a beautiful thing.  Like a fine wine---love is at its best with aging and tender care.

The World strives to convince us we only have worth if someone desires us.  We live in bondage to the desire to be desired and it becomes a narcisstic quest of validating who we are and an endless search necessitated by  the fear of aloneness.  As Solemn so wisely tells us, "Vanity-all is vanity".  All things of this world are fleeting and temporary--gone in a poof of smoke.  The only thing eternal is Jesus and those He calls His Own. "The only way out of this bondage is fairly well known; desire being desired less, and desire God more. "  Turn to the One who desires us--at all times--under all circumstances--faithfully and eternally.  Turn to Jesus.


"Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25



9 comments:

  1. Oh wow. This is so powerful, personal, important, deep. Thank you for going there, Lulu.

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    1. The posts most well received are those that expose me & who I am. Sometimes it is difficult to allow the world to see the real picture.
      Blessings, Dear Friend

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  2. A very honest and well-written article, Lulu. Well done.

    I suppose I agree with most/all of what you say. The only disagreement is when you mention James Deanish - whoever he is - he certainly doesn't do it for me. I'd prefer an ice cream. I could not find him on Google or Wikipedia. Did you mean James Dean? No ... still doesn't do it for me.

    God bless.

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    1. I am laughing, Victor. Should have used one of my beloved hyphens! Yes James Dean. I suppose he would be like your lady in a bikini- does not ring my bell!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  3. I've evolved in the same way regarding love, romance, relationships, etc. Fortunately, for now, I do have a good mate to grow old(er) with. I've decided, if he advances to Glory before me I will walk the remaining path alone. Oh, that doesn't mean I won't have male friends *cough* but the hyper-romance thing is in the past. It's too hard to break a new one in, you know? Been there, done that.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. Do you think God smiles when we announce our plans for the rest of our lives, Sparky? We really never know, do we?
      Blessings, Friend!

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    2. How true! I'm sure I give Him a good chuckle at least once a day. ~:)

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  4. My niece once told me she was in love with Jesus Christ. It took me aback for a moment but when I started considering it, I thought how wonderful it would be to wake up and go to sleep with that first love expectancy, the little thrill you got when the coveted one walked in the room. The one that you thought about and just knew that they would make your dreams come true. No lust involved, just true uncomplicated devotion. And in a broader sense, would that not be the way the bride of Christ should feel? Just a rambling thought!! Another great post from a wise woman. love you

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    1. It would be the best of the best- but we settle for the ordinary man offers!
      What a blessing to know that depth of love while here on this earth! Thanks for sharing!
      Love you too!

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