Here are my thoughts. I hope it can spark dialogue.
I must admit, I have been guilty of wanting God to just give me Himself. Just make all things right in the world. We often times think that an all knowing all loving, omnipresent, omnipotent, benevolent God should just take away all sorrows, struggles, pain and strife in this world. If He is our Father and is all powerful why would He sit and watch His children suffer and struggle? He should make it better because He has the power to do so and because He loves us. I don't believe that God wants us to suffer. However, a diamond only develops under enormous pressure and very high temperature. Even then it needs to be formed, shaped and polished in order to see its true brilliance and beauty. We too are such human diamonds. In order to grow and become our more radiant selves, we have to be tested under the pressure of human existence and the fires of trial and error.
It is very interesting that we are more than willing to strive, struggle, and put forth supreme effort to gain all the material pleasures and comforts of this world. We go to school for many years. We study, we make strenuous efforts, stay up and pull all nighters to pass an exam. In our careers, we work 80 hours a week and even overtime to get a paycheck to care for our needs and to buy the things that we think will make us happy. In our personal lives we find someone that we are attracted to, we fall in love, we make time to show them that we love them. We buy them expensive gifts, we write them letters, we take them out and even work overtime so that we can take them on lavish trips and enjoy special times together. However, When it comes to God, we expect it to come easy. We expect the Master of the Universe to reveal Himself just because we want Him to and because it would make things better and easier for us. Do we ever stop to give God the attention that we gave to getting an education? How about the time and attention that we give to our career? Do we think of God as often as we do our beloved? We expend huge amounts of time and energy to things of this world but very little to God. He's lucky if he gets a paltry pittance. It is no wonder the world is in such turmoil and constant state of flux. God wants us to be happy, but in order to have that happiness that we so desperately seek, we cannot look for it in external things. They are all transient. They too will pass. If we want true lasting, peace, happiness, sustained joy, that passeth all understanding, it comes from only one place.... God! We must turn to Him, as earnestly as we study and research for that Ph.D. How can we ever receive all that God has to give us if we never turn to Him? We must seek Him in the good times and the bad. Through it all, not just when we want something. We must seek Him not just for prosperity but simply for the love of God. In Him is all things. He is always there, He never leaves our side, but when do we take time to seek Him and truly feel His presence? Take time out for God, it will rejuvenate your life like nothing of this world ever has. Spend more time with God and you will see your world and the world around you change in ways that you never dreamed possible.