It’s a lie we’ve been fed far too long!
The accumulation of possessions - ‘stuff’, will never satisfy our longings for meaning in our lives…
I was trying to find a particular book this morning and as I was browsing my overflowing bookshelf, I was surprised to see several books that I’d entirely forgotten about. The thing is, all my books were purchased with what seemed, a great need and want at the time.
Likewise, on Saturday, I’d been frantically rifling through my clothes; trying to choose an outfit for a special, large family gathering - you know the feeling. I came across a few scarves, blouses etc that I can’t even remember the last time they were worn.
Of course, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t buy things but I am saying that buying to fill a void inside of ourselves will only bring about a temporary feeling of happiness - it doesn’t last - this is coming from ‘the ex kitchen appliance queen’. All too soon, the ‘feel good’ factor wears off and once again we’re stuck with the reality of our lives and who we are in this moment.
Back to emptiness…
Back to those feelings of lack, disappointment and a thirst for something more…
Whilst creating this intuitive piece of artwork above for my class, the Art Of Contentment, I was reminded of the multiple times (often daily), when my vision of God is clouded because I’m experiencing a feeling of ‘lack’. I think that’s why I instinctively covered one eye - we literally can’t ‘see’.
A journal entry I’d scribbled down, reminded me, that ONLY God can quench our thirst. Here are the words - a prayer of sorts, that I wrote upon my painting:
Help me to look to You and only You for contentment.
Remind me daily that happiness can never be found in possessions - only though You!
Through Your love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
You quench my thirst as nothing else can.
Thank you Jesus!
Inside the Art Of Contentment classroom, I speak about my sense of sometimes feeling ‘empty’. How we can all fall into the trap of fooling ourselves into thinking there can be a replacement for spiritual food and water. All too often, we strive to control the outcome of our lives using our own limited resources. If we do without physical food and water, we soon would perish and it’s the same if we go without the living Word and Jesus to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst that our souls so desperately need.
In what ways do you typically quench your spiritual thirst and hunger? What would it look like for you to quench your thirst through God? How might you fill your well this month?