Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl

Unmet Desires & Granola Cantaloupe Bowl

John 4:14 (easy)

But I can give people a different kind of water. Everyone who drinks that kind of water will never get thirsty again. The water that I give them will become like a well inside them. That well will continue to give fresh water that will give him life for ever with God.

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Have you ever felt a desire or longing for something that just continues to resurface? Maybe you’ve exhausted yourself trying to bring it to fruition. Maybe you’ve prayed over it for weeks, months, and even years. Maybe you’ve ever brought it to your small group or your support system and they’ve prayed over it too.

If the desire or the longing continues to go unmet, there’s a chance you’ve spent time reflecting on this particular thing. You’ve probably spent time wondering why it’s not happening for you, yet it continues to remain on your heart. You may have even gone as a far as rating it on the “moral scale” to make sure it’s not something that’s offensive to God, which is why He isn’t answering your prayers.

This has happened to me more than a time or two. I’ve been so aware of a desire that was on my heart, and so convinced that it would solve my problem, shape my identity, or bring me joy. One of the first times I can identify that this happened is when we were navigating the unfamiliar, heartbreaking, and uncomfortable waters of infertility.

I couldn’t understand why other people had no problem having babies. I knew that the Bible teaches us to be fruitful and multiply, so wanting a baby certainly wasn’t getting a poor rating on the morality scale. And I’ll never know for sure why God didn’t answer our prayers at the time, but after years of reflecting on it, and putting what I know about God back in focus, I’m sure of a few things. First, my identity and heart became so attached to the idea of having a baby that my true identity in Jesus got lost. I was looking to something else to satisfy me, define me, and mold me. And second, God was not using infertility as a punishment for that.

Instead, He was teaching me and shaping me. We don’t always understand God’s plans for our lives, but we do know that He is good, and that He loves us. I know deep within my soul that God wants to satisfy those longings and desires that we have, and that it breaks His heart to see our sadness and struggles. But He also knows that the “water” we’re praying for isn’t the water that will actually satisfy us.

Recently, I’ve started to pray over the desires of my heart in a different way. I’ve started to ask God to reveal what I’m trying to accomplish or achieve through those desires – is it an identity that I should only find in Him? Is it joy that will never actually come? And what I’ve found is that once I’m able to identify what’s actually going on, I can bring those desires to God. And He typically will either remove them from my heart, or satisfy them once I understand their place in my life, or lack there of.

Your desires and longings do have a purpose in your life, they just might be a different one than you initially suspected.

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Can you identify some of your desires that have gone unmet, even though you’ve given them your best effort and consistent prayer? Spend some time today reflecting on what you think you’re actually seeking through those desires and journal about the ideas you come up with.

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For guidance and clarity in identifying your longings and what your soul is actually seeking.

Granola Cantaloupe Bowl

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 1/2 of Cantaloupe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1.5 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey

Instructions

  1. Cut cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds
  2. Spoon 1/2 of the greek yogurt into the center of each cantaloupe half
  3. Divide berries and granola evenly and add to each cantaloupe half
  4. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey onto each “bowl”
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