Monday, March 8, 2010

Seeking Satisfaction

A friend recently shared this photo with me.  The quality of it greatly impressed me because it looked like a picture postcard or a photo taken right out of a magazine. 

There is something about such a natural setting that really touches me deeply and this photograph was no exception. It must have been snapped at just the right second to have captured the young fawn looking directly into the camera lens. 

As I spent some time admiring it, I imagined the young deer innocently looking at the photographer and thinking, "You wouldn't want to hurt me, would you?"  But then as it continues to linger, it's as if the deer is saying "No matter how much I may fear you, I want this birdseed a great deal more, and I am willing to risk whatever danger you may present to me, in order to have what I want at this very moment." 

Then I thought about how often we as humans are just like that little deer. We often find something that we think we want, but in reality only compares to birdseed.  We look for fulfillment in so many things, but find that it doesn't last long and certainly doesn't bring real satisfaction. And yet, even in the face of danger, we often ignore the warning signs and continue doing and seeking the things that we think will bring us happiness and fulfillment in life.

That leads me to ask myself these questions ... How many times in my life have I settled for birdseed? and .... How much longer will I continue to settle for things that will never satisfy?

Psalm 145:15- 19 says, "The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him."

1 comment:

  1. I like your analogy Pam. It reminds me of something that was in the teen lesson last Wednesday. It gave the example of how they hunt monkeys on this island: They drill a whole in a coconut and drain the milk out and put a piece of fruit in there instead. The hole is only big enough for the monkey to put his hand in or out empty handed, but not with a clenched fist. So when I monkey comes by and tries to get the fruit, he ultimately meets his demise because he wanted this piece of fruit more than he wanted his life. It begs the question of what are we holding on to so dearly in this life that we are foresaking our relationships with family and friends and possibly even our eternal life for. Nothing in this world is worth that. Anyway, thank you for the thoughtful message this morning. Hope you have a good day!