John 4:10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” (The Message Bible)
I have read certain authors who maintain that desire is the key to spirituality. One of my favorites tends to focus on the blind man who comes to Jesus only to have Jesus ask him “what do you want me to do for you?” In this story from John, Jesus seems to be saying “what you desire is right before you if you could only understand that.” So many of our desires are sinful and selfish that we can forget that desire itself was part of the way we were created by God. We get hungry and thirsty every day. It is the way we are made. We desire intimacy and companionship and justice and beauty. Our problem is that so often we look to our own powers or the promises of the culture to find fulfillment for these desires rather than looking to God. If we really knew the generosity of God and who Jesus really is maybe we too would be asking him to fulfill our deepest desires. What do you most want? Where are you looking for it?