What are you hungry for?
Really—What is your deepest desire?
The stories and biblical truths in Hungry for More will help you connect to the Abundant Source who can fulfill your craving for deep satisfaction. Through life experiences and years of face time before God, Kandy Persall’s insight will inspire you to feast on God’s Word—the nourishment for our spiritual hunger. Her life lessons and God connections during twenty years living in Asia set the table for applying God’s Word to our daily lives. Rather than just another book which nibbles on God’s Word, Hungry for More guides you to the banquet to find real nourishment. Pull up a chair to the table. The feast is ready.
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Following the Word
Bible Reading: John 13–16
“Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (John 14:5).
After a few years of Chinese study, my Canadian friend and I decided we needed a break. A local expat group was hosting a women’s retreat and we made plans to attend. “We can take our car,” I announced bravely. “I’ll drive, and you read the map.”
Now the map was in Mandarin, but as Julia and I pored over it, we realized that we recognized the characters on most of the city streets. We each owned a Taiwan driver’s license and were experienced at nosing our way into the most congested traffic. This would be a piece of mooncake.
As we left the city limits, truth dawned that the map was not to scale and we fast became lost. After far too many turns, we began to disagree on the best way to our destination. Confused and shaken, we pulled into a small Taiwanese shop. I opened the door and in muddled Mandarin I announced, “I. Am. Late!”
Having no idea what I’d just said, two amused men looked up from their tea. Their wide grin exposed reddened teeth, stained from Taiwan’s chewing tobacco substitute, betel nut. Not only was there that, but their response to me came in an altogether different Chinese dialect as well. I began to have an out-of-body panic. Pulling out the map, I began my signs and wonders approach.
Light dawned and one of the men began to smile and chatter pleasantly. As he saw my blank stare, he motioned me out the door and into my car, where Julia had been prayerfully waiting. Within moments, he was on his Vespa scooter, signaling for us to follow. For ten of the longest minutes of my life, we twisted up hairpin mountain roads, before recognizing the sign we’d been searching for. With a wave, our guide left us at the camp entrance and began his descent, smiling ear to ear.
When Thomas asked about the way in John 14:5, he was asking for a map of clear directions leading to Jesus’ next destination. Thomas wanted to know the “where,” so that he could decide on the “how.” Instead, Jesus answered his question with a “Who.”
As we journey with the Lord, our natural tendency is to ask for an atlas detailing the path, so that we may decide when to make appropriate stops and detours. We don’t mind the ports of call. We would just like to plan the sailing route.
“Where are we going?” we ask.
“That would be toward Me,” He replies. “Come on!”
Following after Him, we find that He is not only the actual channel by which we find our destination; He is the destination. In Him, we not only find out how to know God; we also find God Himself. He is both the Way and the Truth (John 14:6).
This Truth is not just factual and right, although this is a part of Jesus being truth. He is both the reality and actuality of God. The writer of Hebrews described Christ as the “exact representation of (God’s) nature” (Hebrews 1:3). As we follow Him, we see God. Although we wait for Him along the journey, we don’t have to wait until heaven to see Him. He gives us glimpses all along the way.
To top it off, Jesus proclaims that He is also the Life. In Greek, it is as if He is saying, “I am not only the accessibility to and reality of God; I am your vitality in God.” Jesus emphasizes these three characteristics as connected one to the other. In finding one, you are on your way to discovering another.
Practically, it’s much easier to follow a guy on a scooter than it is to follow the one who is Spirit. “How can we know the way?” Herein is where the quiet time of daily silence before Him comes in. We know that he who is of God hears Him (John 8:47). We can also be assured that if the Spirit of God is within us, our spirit is alive to receive Him, see Him, and even live Him (Rom. 8:9–11). Remember, it’s not about a formula conceived with the mind. It’s about voluntarily moving your desires underneath His and yielding to His steps. We do it once for His sake, then over and over again for our own.
Set aside twenty minutes to spend in quiet before Him today. Begin with the prayer below, asking Him to focus your mind on Him. Then, meditate on the Lord as your way, your truth, and your life. Allow these three characteristics to rest in your spirit and soul. Wait between each characteristic for Him to speak any new revelation that He may have for you. Then, begin again. When your mind wanders (and it will), ask Him to bring you back before Him. I believe in you. He does too.