DESIRE // LENT D::32
[ READING :: Psalm 130 ]
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits // and in his word i hope // my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning // more than those who watch for the morning.
The truth we must learn through faith: to wait on God. And this attitude of mind is not easy. This “waiting,” this “not making plans,” this “searching the heavens,” this “being silent” is one of the most important things we have to learn.
—From Letters In The Desert by Carlo Carretto
(read a little more of this quote here, you won't be disappointed.)
The idea is that waiting is key to mastering and properly directing our desire.
There is a power that comes in waiting. Talking about love Soren Kierkegaard said that the long one waits the more profound it will be. When it comes to our desire, our thirst, our cravings, i believe this is true... After all you can’t enjoy a cup of water any more than when you are parched, and a loaf of bread never tasted as good as the day after a fast. Waiting is a key to desiring the right thing. When we wait for the Lord we, by the grace of God, we begin to master desire instead of letting it master us. The desert, our Lenten pilgrimage of prayer and fasting, is all a practice in the art of waiting and discipline of desire.
? What are you waiting for ? Is your waiting shaping your desire ?
Often it doesn't feel like our waiting is shaping our desire but maybe it's all about our perspective.