Hunger is something that many of us rarely experience in actuality. We obtain what we want or need quickly, sometimes before we feel the need physically. More often than not, many of us feel more full, over satiated, then the pangs of hunger and the dry throat scratchy-ness of thirst.
A white-tailed deer drinks
from the creek;
I want to drink God,
deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, “Will I ever make it—
arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
I’m on a diet of tears—
tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
All day long
people knock at my door,
“Where is this God of yours?”
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
The Bible talks of hunger and thirst as a metaphor for our yearning for God, for justice, for vindication, for peace. It’s a hunger that can go un filled and a thirst that can be quenched. But the repletion of that need isn’t like how we quickly stuff our faces or down a big gulp.
In our foodie culture, extending and established in the city I call home – which ironically is also populated with several food deserts – starvation is not regularly experienced in the majority of palates and diets. In fact we often eat before we feel hunger. A possible cause for the obesity epidemic in our society. I wonder if it’s not also a possible cause for our spiritual angst or nausée that we notice but don’t name.
Today pay attention to your hungers, physical to start with. Wait until you feel your thirst before you drink some water. Or pause if you feel a pang of hunger in your body. Pay attention to that feeling. Identify it. Name it. Savor it. Claim it. Do you feel that in other areas of your life….emotional?; spiritual?; relational?; social? How are you possibly longing to be filled and not aware of your own thirst?