I will not forget the first time I heard this song. I heard Maggie sing it in chapel and again in the Sunday church service back in November (the 25th to be exact). Both times I cried.
Hungry (Falling On My Knees) Artist: Kathryn Scott
“Hungry, I come to you for I know you satisfy. I am empty but I know your love does not run dry. So I wait for you, and I wait for you. I’m falling on my knees, offering all of me, Jesus you’re all this heart is living for. Broken I run to you for your arms are open wide. I am weary but I know your touch restores my life. And so I wait for you, I wait for you.”
I love that song. There is so much packed in that one song, and something about that word HUNGRY has stuck with me. I think of all the ways I interact with God. If I am sad, yes give me Jesus! When I am desperate, Oh, how I need Him so! Happy – Praise Him! HUNGRY? What must that look like? I mean we live in a world where 3 meals a day hardly leaves us even feeling the pangs of hunger. We eat even when we are not hungry!
In Tope’s class recently we were studying Hannah in 1 Samuel, chapter 1. It struck me in those verses there were several references to Hannah and food.
vs. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.
vs. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her til she wept and would not eat.
vs. 18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
Don’t miss verses 15 and 16:
“Not so, my Lord” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer. I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
Deeply troubled….pouring out my soul to the Lord…praying here out of my great anguish and grief…
Now, that sounds HUNGRY to me, almost starving!
Another character we studied in Tope’s class was the woman with the bleeding issue. She was so hungry for healing that she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28. His touch restored her life.
Mark 5:32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Hungry – Adjective defined as
1) feeling or displaying the need for food
2) having a strong desire or craving.
These women had a very strong desire – and what did both of them do? One poured out her soul to the Lord, and the other told Him the whole truth. He already knew! He knows everything. We just have to come to Him and give it all to Him!
Most of us eat 2-3 meals a day and we do not miss a meal. When there is a time to celebrate – we eat! If there is sickness or death – we bring food. Food is a part of life, but Jesus IS life. He came so we can have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10) His buffet is open 24/7, it’s free, and it’s healthy.
Are we hungry for Him? Do we meet regularly with him? Do we pour out our soul to Him? Do we tell Him the whole truth? Are we falling on our knees? Are we waiting for Him?