When The Irish Jig Just Won't Cut It
by Kristen Schiffman
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“‘Why do you go about so much,
changing your ways?’
You will be disappointed by Egypt
as you were by Assyria.”
It occurred to me last night while I was dipping a pretzel into my sugar/fat free chocolate pudding that I was not in the mood for pudding-covered pretzels. I wanted something else. Something more. The same thing happened two days ago. The buttered up popcorn was simply not hitting the spot. Nor had the hot chocolate. The Irish Breakfast tea. The melon. The cashews. The bowl of cereal.
I was hungry for something. I still don’t know what it is. I’m sitting here writing and my mind is concocting meals that will perhaps feed the hunger. Rachael Ray created a delicious sea bass with a cream leek sauce this morning on her talk show…I’m wondering if that could be it. Of course, I had seafood last night. And the crab legs left me wanting. The tilapia whetting my appetite for….for….WHAT?
I still don’t know. You think Rachael Ray could help this girl out!
Have you ever felt the need to fill up but can’t quite find what it is that will fill you? Not just with hungry stomachs. I’m talking about in life. Relationships. Careers. Bank accounts. Extracurricular activities. Something in you exclaiming you were meant to be a dancer, only to find ballet, break dancing and the Irish jig just aren’t working out for you. So, what then do you do with your inner dancer?
I wonder are we looking for fulfillment in the right place? Jeremiah 2:36 has gripped me today. Here we have the Lord asking Israel, “‘Why do you go about so much, changing your ways?’ You will be disappointed by Egypt as you were by Assyria.” Powerful statement from the mouth of the Living God. He is saying, ‘Nope. They are not going to do it for you! You can try them out all you want…but just as before you will again be left empty.’
Could it be that the Irish Jig and sugar/free chocolate pudding were never meant to be the source of our satisfied fulfillment? Sure, they can bring joy. And meet physical needs. But could it be that our quest for more is really the prodding of the Holy One?
Could it be today that you are contemplating becoming a professional pottery designer not because you have ever had a talent for it but because something is clearly missing?
I don’t know what is missing from your life today. It could be a list of things. But I encourage you to bring your thirst and hunger for that something to the feet of Christ. Stop looking to your ‘Egypt’ and ‘Assyria’ to fill the need and look to Him whom Psalm 107:9 tells us ‘satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’
I ask that for us today. That we would be filled with good things. Things worthy of our God, things that do not leave us hungering for the empty. He is our Lord, who delivers! And He urges us with a tender heart to, ‘Open wide our mouths and have them filled.’ (Psalm 81:10)
Scripture borrowed from the NIV Bible.
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