What do you run to?

April 14, 2010 at 12:43 am 3 comments

What do you turn to for satisfaction?  Where do you run for comfort?  Where do you go, over and over, to fill you up? 

A few days ago in Bible study, we were looking at the story of the woman at the well.  I know it well; I’ve heard it over and over.  But then we stopped at Jesus’s words: “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  (John 4:13-14).  The living water He offers means the Holy Spirit and eternal life.  But what about the earthly water He compares it to?  The water that doesn’t satisfy?  Those are the things on earth that we run to for comfort and satisfaction – the things that must always let us down.

I’d never thought about that before.  But I realized almost immediately where I turn – to people.  I’m an extrovert; I kind of wither up without social interaction, and nothing gets me more excited than being able to see my friends.  But I’ve also been noticing that somewhere, deep in my heart, I think that my friends will completely satisfy me and fill me up. 

And they don’t.  You’d think I would have learned by now.  But I still spend so much time looking forward to days or events or whatnot, and then I come back to my room after it’s all over and wonder why the momentary happiness never lasts.  I want them to be completely satisfying, and I want to be able to control my relationships and make them perfect and keep them from changing.  I fret about that, too. 

And I keep. missing. the point. 

The point is I’m trying to be satisfied with something that can never truly satisfy me.  I’m trying to do it myself.  My heart is placing a burden on these relationships that they just can’t take. 

It’s not that I purposely choose to run to something over God – it’s just that, somehow, I forget.  The thought patterns have become a habit.  I put too much weight and hope on these things in my mind.

But God has been so gracious.  Every time I start going down that path, running to something else to satisfy, to fill me up, to make me happy – He reminds me.  And then, I turn to Him.  And at the foot of the Cross, I find peace and rest and living water.

And I think that the longer I stay here, the less I need to worry about the things I can’t control and the less I try to drink my fill of substitutes.

I love these words from Psalm 63:5: “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.”

I’m learning.  What things do you find yourself running to?

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  • 1. Jessina  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Wonderful words, Megan! I totally know what you mean . . . and I feel like I’ve been learning a lot of the same stuff recently. I love Isaiah 55 . . . it pretty much pertains to what you were saying:

    “Why do you spend your money
    for that which is not bread,
    and your labor,
    for that which does not satisfy?
    Listen diligently to me,
    and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
    Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live.”

    I love the metaphor than when we listen diligently, the Lord will satisfy us with rich food . . .

    I’d say the one thing that I “run” to more than anything else is order and discipline and schedule. I somehow think that if my life was completely ordered and disciplined and that I could always stick to my schedule, THEN I would be satisfied. But like you said about relationships, even the days that I do feel relatively satisfied with my level of discipline and order and structure, there is still something missing.

    And I think it is difficult to find the balance between seeking Christ for our true satisfaction while also not completely throwing away relationships or schedules or whatnot . . . to see these momentary pleasures as gifts while not looking to them for our full satisfaction. I feel like I tend to either look to these things for complete satisfaction or completely abstain from them in monk-like fashion. And I feel like there needs to be balance, realizing that these things are gifts and should be enjoyed, without turning to them as our “all in all,” but it’s often difficult . . .

    And phew, that’s a long comment. Much love and an e-mail coming soon–tonight hopefully! Hugs to you!

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  • 2. Annie  |  April 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Megan,

    You are so right! This is something I’ve been learning, too: only God can satisfy fully and completely. The reason we don’t feel fulfilled is because we are not seeking Him constantly and making Him the epicenter of our lives. I keep forgetting this, so thank you for this reminder!

    Annie

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  • 3. Kate  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Excellent post, Megan! I’ve grown up with the reality that we’re just about to run out of money constantly over my head. Thus, I battle the notion that if I could just be financially secure I would be happy and satisfied. I am learning that nothing can satisfy but Christ!

    Blessings,
    Kate

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