I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
“As soon as God comes through for me and heals ‘this’ area of my life or provides ’that’ answer to prayer then, I’ll be content! I’ll never doubt Him again and I’ll finally be happy!” Sound familiar? Tying contentment to circumstances can be a slippery slope. If you are anything like me, my favorite solution to any and all angst usually involves getting what I think I need now. But, IF I’ll make a little room for my discontentment to do its work, I just may find myself tripping over my truest and deepest longing, the one that is always reaching for God and touched by His presence!
The secret of contentment that Paul speaks of seems to be unraveled by the imperfect and discontented places of life.
They remind us that our souls ache to be filled! I’ve often wondered if God didn’t create the five senses so that we can physically experience a foretaste of fullness. Good food, sweet melodies, and inspiring vistas help us to know what it is to be satisfied. Likewise, feeling hungry or empty, bored or lonely can motivate us to reach beyond the here and now for the ONE who is able satisfy our souls deep cry for love. We were made for His presence and in His company we find the secret of contentment.
Today, as I shoveled snow off the driveway, I looked up and noticed I was being showered with the fluffiest, most beautiful snowflakes! In this unexpected midlife moment, I felt like a child playing outside, caught up in the beauty and magic of what felt like a living snow globe! I looked over at my husband, who was also helping to relocate millions of snowflakes, and felt Grace enfold me. It drew me into an acute awareness of God’s goodness and seemed to sift out worry and offer me a cupful of joy!
All of a sudden, I felt lucky and aware of what IS blessings my life, rather than what ISN’T.
I stood there with my face toward heaven and my arms stretched out, so as not to miss one ounce of the Grace that was falling all around me!
“Father, thank You that You want to be my place of deep and residing contentment. Help me to follow my longings to Your heart that waits for me. Thank you for always waiting and reaching for me. Amen.”
What about you?
When did you last feel full and content?
Where and how are you now discontent?
What helps you feel close to God?
Have you experienced the secret of being content?
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