“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11.
It can be uncomfortable to talk about needs and desires. This text invites us to consider another reality. What if God wants us to be clear about our needs so that we can live lives of wholeness and be available to meet others’ needs?
However, unlike cultural norms that would talk about needs being met in material ways, the needs in Isaiah 58 are met in ways that deal in the realm of emotion and connectedness. I become aware of another’s needs when I enter into relationship with them.
The same is true with us. God seeks to be in relationship with us, to know our heart and fill our lives so that every need, every desire that seeks life-giving connection and the care of another, is met.
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