This is not really confetti. It is “wishfetti!” For the second year New York City is including people’s wishes in the 3,000 pounds of confetti dropped at midnight over Times Square on December 31st. There is a Wishing Wall where they are posted and collected. Some wishes are silly as in, “I wish kale tasted like chocolate.” Many wishes are altruistic as in, “I wish every dog in a shelter could find a home.” But the ones that make me pause are the ones full of pain as in, “I wish for a cure for cancer,” or the one saying, “Please don’t let anyone cheat on me.”
Today’s verse peels back the layers of wishful thinking to the deeper desires of the heart. Often, we do not even realize what those desires are as the heart can be so deceitful (Jer. 17:9). But those desires are what drive and motivate us. And those same desires when unfulfilled cause profound discontentment and lack of peace. This verse is amazing in that God promises to give us the desires of our hearts.
Like so many promises in the Bible, this one has a condition. Our first and most important heart’s desire is to be for the Lord. I can find delight in my relationship to Him. I can find delight in the works of the Lord (Psalm 111:2) both in His amazing creation and in my life. And when I experience that delight in our relationship, a funny thing happens. My desires change. My heart’s desires more closely resemble His. And I find I want more of Him!
Thank you Lord, that You will give me the Desire of my heart!