In my B.C. years, this used to be my mantra:
“I can’t get no satisfaction.”
But as I grow older in my A.D. years:
I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:11-13,
My son and I are right in the midst of processing apple butter.
The water is boiling over 5 wide-mouthed quart jars full of rich, dark, apply goodness, with 5 more waiting in the wings! I am teaching my son how to hot water process (can) even though I haven’t done it since I was a little girl helping my Mom. Over the years I’ve frozen corn by myself on occasion, and that’s about it! I personally think it is less expensive to buy canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, but making apple butter has been a tradition I started with my son when he was old enough to comprehend. If I forget, he doesn’t! This is the first year we’ve ever made enough (24 pounds of fresh-picked apples) to can. Canning is a very soul-satisfying experience.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you. 1 Thess 4:11
I’m pondering that soul-satisfied feeling right now. Where does it come from? I sense it coming from the center of my heart area. Just that relaxing, deep-breathe-expelling aaaaah of solid peacefulness. I only experience that feeling when I am doing what I was made to do. That is why I catered for 20 years. Same experience during and after every single successful event. I remember someone making a statement to me about being a caterer, “You have found your niche.” And I can remember the soul-satisfaction in that statement as if a resounding “YES!” permeated my every fiber down to the center of my soul.
I crave soul-satisfaction. I like to just melt into that soul-satisfaction. I feel a completeness. As if maybe I am stepping into the perfectness of destiny, even if only for a few seconds.
Martin Luther had much to say about our destiny being the mundane things of life. Christ redeems not only sin but everything including the mundane, boring, tedious, and, dare I say, sometimes soul-satisfying?
That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13
Is temporary soul-satisfaction in the mundane things of life a result of a rare and momentary immediate redemption amidst the Greater Redemption already completed? In a fallen world can soul-satisfaction be a sign that we are walking on the perfect paths of righteousness amidst a sin-darkened world? Just a thought.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5
What satisfaction there is, Jesus, in knowing that you really lived and died and rose for me and my sins. They are completely gone. Oh what true soul-satisfaction!!! Amen.