There are times in our lives when we feel stuck. We are stuck at a job. We are stuck in a relationship. We are stuck in a ministry. We are stuck at this “place” in our life.
We may think of this feeling or mindset in a picture of water. A river is a picture of flowing water. A picture of things moving in the same direction at varying paces, but steadily moving. A lake gives us a picture of tranquility. A lake is often a picture of peace and relaxation. It may provide us a picture of what it will be like once we have accomplished, overcome, or defeated something. An then there is the picture of water that fits what we are feeling when we are “stuck”. That is a picture of still or stagnate water. This water is uninviting. A picture of stagnate water will bring to mind its stench. And this is where we find ourselves sometimes. In life, not really stuck, but stagnate.
Often when we feel this way we become diligent in searching for “something else” or praying to God if we are believers. We desire a change or to reach the ear of God. “God, I need a change.” It is when we are here that we realize that we want more.
It is not more stuff that will satisfy us (although we may think so). Even though a spouse that gave more of themselves would be good, it is not enough to satisfy this desire for more. Receiving a promotion and pay raise would be good, yet it is not the more that we desire. No, our desire for more can’t be found in things seen. The more we desire is more of the Lord. More of the Father. More of the Christ Jesus. More of His Spirit (whether we believe it or not, this is true). This thirst for more cannot be quenched by mortality, it can only be quenched by Diving presence.
I have learned about desiring More. I know that we ask for more. I know that I have asked to feel the Lord closer to me. I have prayed for greater understanding. Greater gifts. Greater compassions. Greater experiences. I desire More. I have longed for More. I have and still do desire more. Heck, I NEED More.
In all of my desiring, seeking, begging, crying, and all of the other things we do in prayer and meditation, I have learned a valuable lesson about more and the God that I serve. This one lesson could potentially be one of those “Game-changers” for some; it was for me at least. This secret is so simple yet it has taken me years and a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears” to penetrate the hardened areas of my heart.
This is the secret I learned (I’m sure most of you already knew this): More is not something that we pray for and then wait or look for God to give it to us; more is what God prepares us for.
More is at the center of hope. More is the acquisition manifested through faith, believing, and potential. When we pray for more we must open ourselves up to how God will prepare us for more. More may require more suffering. Suffering is only the training ground necessary for us to be prepared for the next ordained step God has for us. More may require less. Less time for you to do you so that you can become more. Did you get that? More may not be something you receive, but rather, something you become. Are we willing to become more?
More is not found in bigger or different churches. More is not realized in better jobs, new spouses, new cars, new houses, new clothes, or even new attitudes. More is life and Life is more.
So now the only question we have to ask is are we really praying for more, or are we praying for “something else” for right now? “Something else” is sourced subjectively; More is objectively sourced.