A simple Google search for the true meaning of happiness gives you 473,000,000 results. Could it really be that easy? Philosophers have searched for centuries on this topic. Books upon books have been written about finding yourself, your purpose, and living your best life. But in the end, are you truly happy?
I had searched my whole life for a person to make me feel loved, needed, cared for and adored. It wasn’t just people I tried to fill the void with – I sought out anything I could grasp. But to no avail. Sure, it sufficed for a moment, but it was painfully temporary.
To those around me, I looked successful, happy and full of life. But inside, my soul felt like I was dried up and dying of thirst. The truth was, I was not worthy of someone good to love me. I didn’t deserve someone who would treat me like a queen.
I was “the woman at the well.” My sins had been revealed.
The lies I had told myself for years flashed through my mind and dripped from my eyes through my sobs. My thirst intensified and I knew I had to do something.
The New Testament story of the woman at the well is recorded in John 4. When Jesus asks for a drink of water, she is shocked. Respectable men usually ignored her.
But Jesus came to offer ALL mankind a different kind of water.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
We were created with a thirst so deep, one that cannot be quenched by the things of this world or people. It was put there by our Creator and can only be filled by Him.
So what could I do? What could I say in that moment of sobbing and thirsting? The only thing left to do was surrender. I knew Jesus was the Son of God, but I had never allowed Him to take His rightful place on the throne of my life. I was still doing the things I wanted, going after whatever I desired yet praying He would bless it.
He is the King. He must be the Lord of your life. Happiness fluctuates with our emotions and circumstances. The indescribable Joy Jesus Christ offers you is constant and unwavering. My loneliness led me to darker places, but Jesus, the Light of the World, showed me the way.
John 8:12: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
In our loneliness, there is Joy.
Peace, True Belonging and Joy – these are only offered through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He loves you more than you can ever know.
He doesn’t ask you to get your life together and fix everything first. He asks you to come just as you are, broken and humbled.
He asks you to accept His truth and authority. Let Him fill your cup today!
Isaiah 43:1-5: “Fear not for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior.”