Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I don't get no satisfaction

All the women who read this blog will probably understand what I'm about to say easier than the men. Not trying to be stereotypical or anything, but it's a plain fact of life that men & women are very different in pretty much every way.

For those men reading who don't "get it," :) women are 99% emotional creatures. We crave the relational response, and when we don't have that in our lives, we feel empty, lost, frustrated, etc. Typically when a woman says "I don't even know why I'm crying (hurt, upset, depressed, etc)," that's what she's talking about. There's an emotional hole that is empty somewhere.

So yesterday, I found myself irritable all day. Nothing I could really put my finger on, it was just plain "yuck." Add that to the discovery that we had no hot water, so I couldn't take a shower, and my kids who hadn't had a bath since Wednesday night couldn't get clean either. So I can't do dishes, laundry, the list goes on and on. You name it, it aggravated me!

Now Marc has been super busy with work this last week due to the holidays. We haven't had a "real" conversation in about a week or so. After we did some rushing around getting dinner out & last minute stuff, we found ourselves home with the kids in bed & a little bit of free time. He was having some rare time to himself at the computer, and I made the comment, "How long are you going to be doing that? I'm emotionally starving over here!"

Now I wasn't totally serious, and we had a good chuckle...then we settled down to have some good conversation. The only problem for me, was, I was getting the emotional attention I craved, but still feeling like there was something I just couldn't put my finger on. I was enjoying our chat, but it just didn't satisfy me. (Poor husbands....they have it so hard. I mean, if I couldn't even figure it out, how is he supposed to figure it out?)

That's when I heard that still, small voice in my ear: "You're not satisfied because only I can give you what you need right now." It was so profound that I made the comment to Marc, "I think I just need to have a good chat with God instead." Later on, as I was having some quiet time, I came across this passage of Scripture:
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live....Isaiah 55:1-3

Satisfaction. I had never before really understood this passage, though I've read it many times. "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters..." "Listen, listen to me..." "Hear me, that your soul may live..."

Come and get your satisfaction. It never disappoints.

1 comment:

jennyfair said...

Wow! So very true. Some days i find myself hunting down my favorite Bible (it's never where I'm sure I left it) and opening it anywhere, just to read something, somewhere so I can find the peace I'm craving. I've also been known to stand in the shower totally clothed just so I can pray ALONE for a moment. For us Mom's it can be so hard to meet with Jesus and sometimes I think our husbands feel the same about us...that it's hard to get their time ya know..'cause we're just too busy being moms and kids aren't so polite about sharing us. I'm glad God isn't like us, He's never too busy for each of us. I need to be better about that with my husband,not give him the leftovers. and I don't get this network...by the way. I actually learned about it in a magazine (I didn't know you were already on it) but I can't figure out how to post anything. HELP!