The Best Thing That I’ve Found

During my early years of college, I used to have this vivid, reoccurring dream that would only come to me after a night of heavy, ridiculous drinking.

In this dream, I would be so. unbelievably. thirsty. Like I just trudged through a dry sandy desert for forty days with no water. My mouth was cotton-y and I craved the satisfaction of smooth, clear water on my throat. I would drink water, but nothing would happen. I was still just as thirsty as I was before. It would drive me nuts! I would guzzle water like it was nobody’s business. Gallons and gallons of it. Yet I would still be extremely thirsty! It was like I could never be satisfied by any amount of water, no matter how hard I tried.

In the last seconds of the dream, right before I woke up, I would always hear the same voice. And here’s what the voice would say:

You can drink from the world all you want but only I can satisfy you. 

It took me a while to piece two and two together, but when I did, the realization of what was happening finally dawned on me.

That dream wasn’t a coincidence and that voice wasn’t just in my head.

I had to learn that the world literally could not offer me anything that would be more substantial than what God could offer me.

You see, there’s not a drink in the world that can cure you. There’s not a pill strong enough to numb your pain. There’s no relationship perfect enough to fill the void in your heart. No activity, organization, or hobby can keep you busy enough to distract you from your problems. No amount popularity can keep you from feeling lonely. There’s not enough clothing stores in the world to make you feel good about yourself. And no amount of success can give your life meaning.

You might think there is, but there’s not. I guarantee you all these things the world offers you will leave you empty, dissatisfied, and discontent.

I’ve been obsessed with this song “Best Thing That I’ve Found” by Saigon. If you want to listen to it, look at my right sidebar for the official music video link.

In the chorus, it says “Another face in the crowd, fall from from grace, I’m coming down. You’re the best thing that I’ve found. You lost your way, I lost my crown. I’m still here, feet on the ground. You’re the best thing that I found”. I cannot stop listening to this song. For some reason, this truth is ringing in my heart today.

Jesus is the best thing that I’ve found. Hands down.

I could drink from the world all I want, but only God can truly satisfy my soul. I don’t even like to think what my life would be like without Him. There is not a single thing the world has to offer that I want more than Him. I’d rather drink the cup of water God offers me than the gallons of water the world tries to offer.

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4: 13

If this is you right now, I dare you to stop chasing the world and run non-stop in the opposite direction. God will be there waiting for you, holding a cup of water that will truly satisfy.

Love,
Lottie

Uniquely the Same

Lately, I’ve seriously been getting a kick out of those “memes” that have been showing up on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I’m sure you all know what I’m referring to, but in case you don’t, here are some examples:

That last one is my favorite – so true right?! I could spend hours Pinteresting the humor section and reading these. I’ll just be sitting by myself in the living room occasionally, and literally, laughing out loud – and yes, my room mates can hear me break out into this spontaneous laughter.

Being the intellectual that I am (ha), I was recently thinking about why these memes so enjoyable. What made them so funny? Then I realized, it’s because everyone person can relate to it in some way. We find ourselves saying “oh my gosh, soooo true!” or “I’ve totally done that before.” Therefore, we find it funny. It’s kind of like the show “Seinfeld”, a show about absolutely nothing but it sought out the humor in every day life. Jerry Seinfeld would begin his comedy routines saying “Have you ever noticed how…” and people would find it so funny because they all can relate.

You guys should know by now that I like to find a biblical truth in every situation. Because of these memes, I’ve started to realize how similar we all are to each other. Satan likes to make us think that we are “unique” in our problems, trials, and circumstances. He wants to isolate us so that we feel hopeless – like no one understands. Although we are unique individuals, I believe we are more alike that we think.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1st Corinthians 10:13 (underline added for emphasis)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” – 1st Peter 4:13 (underline added for emphasis)

What these verses say to me is that we are not alone in our struggles. More often than not, other people have experienced what you are going through. And remember, when Jesus was on Earth, He endured everything we deal with and more. So if anyone can relate, it’s Him.

Satan tries to make us think we are alone in our thoughts. He tells us that we are the only ones and if you told anyone about what’s really going on inside your head, you’d be strange and people would think differently about you. You’re a Christian contemplating suicide? It’s more common than you think. You struggle to stay pure in your relationship? Name a couple that hasn’t. You’re scared of failure? Wish your relationship with your parents was better? Struggling to share the Gospel with your friends? Know you’re forgiven but still feel guilty about something that happened years ago? Hey, you’re not alone. C’mon, we’ve all been there, right?

If Satan can get us alone, trying to fight our battles by ourselves, then it’s easier to for him to attack. That’s why we need friends, community, and prayer warriors. We know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12). You can’t fight Satan alone.“A cord of three is not easily broken” (Eccl.4:12) and “where two or three come together in My name, there I am with them” (Matthew 18:20). So when you think you’re on your own, remember that “you have been given the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together” (Phil.1:30)

Three truths I’m going to end with:

1. “Greater is He that is in you that he that is in the world” – 1st John 4:4

2. “(You) can do all things through Christ who gives (you) strength” – Philippians 4:13

3. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2nd Corinthians 4:8-9