This goes out to all singles who struggle with those feelings of intense longing that inevitably come with being single. One morning back in 2002, I was riding a subway on my way to work, just being quiet in my heart before the Lord. All of a sudden, this piece of prose started pouring out of my heart. I immediately pulled out my PDA and started writing it down. By the time I reached my destination, the entire piece was completed.. I still remember that morning, for it was definitely a divine encounter!
For the past couple of days, this poem has been coming to mind, and I feel that the Lord wants me to share it with you. My prayer is that it will be a source of comfort and encouragement to each of us, whatever our current station in life, and that it will be a vivid reminder of how much our Mama and Daddy in heaven love us.
The Fire of Longing
Oh Lord, my Savior, my God
I have prayed diligently to You
I have asked, I have sought, I have knocked
All has seemed to no avail
My undying devotion, My faithful petitions
The tireless efforts of this most humble soul
Have seemed to fall on deaf ears,
To go out into eternity utterly ignored.
Instead it pleased You to place
an unfulfilled longing into my heart
Although this soul is at perfect peace
In the palm of Your most tender hand,
This deepest need, this most compelling desire,
These most intense longings,
For the love of a woman
Have consumed the very depths
of this most devoted servant of Yours.
The more I cry out to you, my God,
The more I beg You to purify my soul and heart,
The closer I draw to Your loving heart,
The hotter this desire burns within me.
Little do I realize, scarce do I comprehend,
That this intense longing that so consumes my entire being,
Instead of being a curse,
Is actually the purifying fire of Love,
Lovingly sent by my Daddy in Heaven
In response to my earnest prayers,
My agonized petitions, my feeble pleas.
My heart thrills with joy unspeakable,
Knowing that my Daddy loves me enough,
To answer the inadequate prayers
Of me, His unworthy adopted son.
To know that it is His divine Love,
That is burning intensely within me,
In the form of a deep longing,
Planted there by my Savior Himself.
Oh Lord, let it be according to Your infinite Wisdom,
Fan the flames of this fire of longing,
Let them burn hotter and hotter,
Until all dross and impurity they burn away,
Until the solid gold of Your purest Love,
Is all that remains, nothing more.
Lord, I thank you from my very inmost being,
For this most loving Fire of Longing.
✝ Oh my loving Lord Jesus, I thank you for giving me this inspired piece of prose so many years ago. I thank you for enabling me to share it with the world once again. Lord, I pray a very special blessing upon any of your beloved children who are longing for human companionship. Touch each one with your love, and give them the peace to know that you are indeed near to them, sharing in their struggles and pain. I claim these blessings in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen, amen, and AMEN! ✝
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 6:33 (NAB)
But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.