In a hilarious skit from Saturday Night Live, Christopher Walken plays the famed record producer, Bruce Dickinson. He is producing the rock group, Blue Oyster Cult, big hit from the seventies, “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” As he listens to the band play, he asks actor Will Ferrell to be more passionate about playing the cowbell, to the annoyance of the other band members. After several unsuccessful takes, he confronts the band members and utters his now notorious line, “I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!”
I shake my head when I remember how many times I have stated, “I must have something, or else!” I often exaggerate my need at the moment and present it as a dire emergency. And then when I reflect back upon the moment, I realize how silly I was, neither understanding nor caring about what I was saying. For much of my life, my spiritual needs were equally unfulfilled, searching for something I did not understand and for someone I did not know.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Psalms 107:8-9 (ESV)
My spiritual walk was an aimless journey. I went from atheism to a universalist cult to Buddhism. But God was merciful and knew my hunger could not be sated by my own efforts. He had to take the initiative to draw me toward Him by His Holy Spirit. He knew the good things that would satisfy my needs. He gave me His Son, Jesus Christ, the author of my salvation and the object of my faith and love.
I’ve got a hunger and the only prescription is God.
More of Him, less of me!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.