The Desires of Your Heart
by Mary Beth Singleterry
We all have desires of the heart. Perhaps you have a dear one in need of healing, or maybe you are yearning for companionship. Does God care about our desires? Of course He does! God cares deeply about all our concerns. He is a loving, faithful Father to each and every one of us.
In Psalms we read, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” A definition of delight is “to take pleasure and joy in.” This means, do we really take pleasure in God? Do we love to spend time in His presence, reading His word, listening for His loving voice and guidance? When we put God first and foremost in our lives, His perfect plan unfolds for us, and this includes any “desire of the heart” we may have.
Sometimes we need to examine our motives. Our Teacher has given us a beautiful prayer that would purify any desire, and it is this: “Dear Father, I would dearly love to have ___ . If it is Your will for my life, I can trust You to bring it to pass. If it is not Your will, I lay it down now and know You will bless me with something far better in the right way and in the right time. I will leave it all in Your loving hands, dear Father.” This prayer brings a great sense of peace and eliminates all human will and planning.
God is a good God and will give you the desires of your heart, whatever they may be, when you trust it all to Him. As Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, “God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it. If we cherish the desire honestly and silently and humbly, God will bless it.”