My Heart’s Longing

Tears are streaming down my face and I’m struggling to see the screen clearly as I type. Tears of longing. I’m longing to be in the presence of my Savior. I’m longing for His return.

I long for a place where there is no falsehood, where every action is motivated by love, where all are united with one mind, one heart, one spirit, in one all-consuming passion: exalting our Redeemer.

I long for the day when I will be set free from the sin that crushes and oppresses.

I long for the day when I will not have to part from those I love, when there will be no more losses, there will be no more pain; disease and death will be banished. I long for the day when friendships will only grow sweeter, when conversation will be stimulating but not competitive, when offenses are an unknown event, when there will be no more bombings or war, and the peace of Christ will rule every heart.

No child will be neglected. No believer persecuted. No tender heart will be crushed.

All that is old and corrupting, the doubts, fears, and lies, will all be burned away. The old will give way to the new. Death will be swallowed up by life. The darkness will fade into eternal light.

The cry of my heart is, “Come! Come, Lord Jesus, deliver us! We long for You.”

[box]Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:1–4)[/box]

I long for that day . . . but I also long to see His glory in THIS day! 

I long to see a movement of God that shakes the mountains of unbelief and corruption, a movement that shuts the mouths of liars and puts the enemies of God to flight! I long to see a movement where God receives glory, whether it’s in the mundane activities of the day or in the mountaintop experiences of our lives.

Isaiah describes the prayer of my heart:

[box]Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
That the mountains might quake at Your presence—

As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isa. 64:1–4)[/box]

I long to see mountains of unbelief demolished! My heart cries out to see God glorified through the literal transformation that occurs when sinful people encounter a holy God! I long for His adversaries to recognize that He alone is God and for the nations to tremble at His presence. I long for a heaven-sent revival in the Church.

What does your heart long for today?

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  • Vicki

    Just read this and thought again of your post…

    “Heaven is not here, it’s There! If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.” -Elisabeth Elliot

    May our longings continue to drive us to our knees even as they make the promise of Heaven that much more sweet!

    Love you, dear sister, mentor, friend!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, I love that, Vicki!

    Thank you for sending this quote, I haven’t seen that before. I love Elizabeth Elliot and she described that longing so well!

    May you and your family have a most blessed Thanksgiving.

    Love and prayers for you, friend ~

  • Pauline Butler

    My heart is with yours, Kim. As I’m sitting here, I’m thinking of the passage in Romans 8 about the whole creation groaning…”And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Rom. 8:23-25). So thankful that God will do what He says He will do. Praying for you! Keep “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”(Heb. 12:2). A Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Happy, Thanksgiving to you as well, Pauline!

    Yes, He is faithful! Heb. 12:1–4 is actually my “life passage” that I cling to, so thank you for reminding me of that truth 🙂

    Thank you for your prayers, it is so good to know our Redeemer and to know that one day He will restore completely and reverse the curse!