Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Got What I Needed!

There is something so sweet about getting what you want after you've gone through the process of finding out exactly what you need.
This was a profound statement by a young friend of mine named Sadie. I was reading her blog as she was sharing pictures and a story of how people have waited & waited for what they wanted. (Click here if you want to go visit her). I'm not sure she realizes just how profound this sentence is though.

All of my life I have been chasing after what I thought I wanted. Losing my dad at a young age left a huge hole. I wanted to be needed, valued, taken care of. The thought of being alone brought on much anxiety. Wow did I chase after all the wrong things thinking it would be the answer to what I wanted.

Losing so much over the past 2 1/2 years has been heartbreaking and difficult. My health, my husband leaving, my family falling apart...

Losing so much over the past 2 1/2 years has shown me that what I wanted all my life would never be fulfilled by other people or life circumstances. I could only find that peace in Jesus. What exactly did I need? I needed to find my worth in God alone. He values me. He longs to take care of me. He wants me.

I have gotten what I wanted. It just looks completely different than I ever dreamed it would. Ya know what? It's better. It lasts. It's the real deal. IT is the unfailing love of my Savior. The joy that can only be of Him. Peace unexplainable.

Thank you, Lord, for not letting me be satisfied with what I thought I wanted. Thank you for refining me until I got what I needed!!


18 comments:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

A profound statement.

Hope you are doing well....

Sassy Granny ... said...

It's an age old struggle, this one of wanting what we don 't have, and not wanting what we do.

So many times I've been frustrated with God because He'd have me be content, restful "as is" - as if He couldn't possibly understand my predicament(s).

As I look back, I can see with gratitude how He's used every scintilla of my life to mold and shape me. It's a view that helps me trust Him with today's wants, even as He perfects all that concerns me.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Your whole post was profound! Thanks for sharing what you have learned.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well said Sheryl. Just beautiful.

Andrea said...

GOD BLESS YOU..this is a hard journey...but one worth "everything." I am thankful you got what you needed!

Blessings and prayers, andrea

nancygrayce said...

It is a long, hard journey. I'm so thankful He's there every step of the way!

Anonymous said...

The Rolling Stones had a song that went like this.....

"you can't always get what you want, but you will find sometimes you get what you need".

The Stones speaking the truth. I wonder if they knew it?

God speaks the truth through many ways, and if we hear it enough, from enough sources, we will soon find that the message "takes".

I am glad to see that it has "taken" with you after so much that you have gone through.
Thanks for sharing with others that may need to hear it again.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love that last sentence. Always good to get what we actually need, not what we think we need.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yes a very profound statement...a statement to ponder.

JMBMOMMY said...

Beautiful--His love for us and His knowledge of us and what we need!!

Diana said...

He's shaped us just the way He knew we needed to be shaped, huh!!

Enjoyed my first visit!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Sheryl, You have so gracefully said this for all of us. great post. As always i am blessed. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Sue

Nicole said...

Hey Sheryl! After reading your post it made me think of a Chris Daughtry song that says, "what I want and what I need have now become the same thing you've been offering. Days gone by, I've finally become what you want me to be." I think that's exactly the correct wording. :) I really like that song!

Beverly said...

You're so profound.

I've been trying to explain this concept...not needing what you want...to some very anxious children lately!

Beautiful writing.

Sadie said...

I can't believe I got quoted by my alter ego ;) If my words were profound, it's because we both worship a profound GOD who knew much better than I did what words people might need to hear... words I, myself, needed to hear. Thank you for sharing *your* experience with getting what you need, despite all of your hurt. Your example to me means much more than my words ever could to you, I assure you. And while I so enjoy reading your words here, on your blog, I have really got to get back to the chatting world soon! see you there? great.

everydayMOM said...

Amen, sister.

Susan said...

I have gotten what I wanted. It just looks completely different than I ever dreamed it would. Ya know what? It's better. It lasts. It's the real deal. IT is the unfailing love of my Savior. The joy that can only be of Him. Peace unexplainable.


He is truly EVERYTHING...

This was incredible Cheryl.

Love you♥

~*Michelle*~ said...

Just blog hopping this morning and so happy God led me here!

A message came to me that I heard over the weekend that I know I was meant to share with you.

We all must endure "famines" in our lives.....but in the Bible, all the "famines" resulted in great blessings. Famines are just places of lack. Lack of finances, lack of hope, lack of faith, lack of love......any lack.

I pray that you emerge from your famine and you will be unable to contain all the blessings God has for you.

Remember, if God brought it to you, He will see you through it.

Peace~
*~Michelle~*