Sep 21, 2011

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Meh.

Meh.

Have you ever gotten EXACTLY what you wanted? Whether it be a pony, a white BMW, a new job/career, or even a date with your dream girl/guy? Do you remember how much it sucked? Rather, do you remember how underwhelming it was? I’ll bet I know what you were thinking: ” OK, I got it, sooo this is it?”. It’s a feeling best described by the word “meh” and believe you me the world has a whole lot of “meh” to offer. It’s like that toy you got for Christmas as a kid that you always wanted and once you received it, after playing with it for all of two days it ended up on the floor of your bedroom because you got bored with it. Catch my drift? Funny thing is, we chase after meh, get it, and once we realize how unsatisfying it is, we go after ANOTHER type of meh or more meh in the hopes that we will be satisfied. Meh meh meh meh! ….meh. Now, I’m not saying you can’t find some sort of joy or satisfaction in meh or other worldly things, I myself like watches, cars, kickboxing and the occasional glass of Pinot Noir 1954; the problem is when you rely on these things as the primary source of satisfaction in life. I’ll tell you briefly about my biggest meh, and maybe you’ll be able to relate more. When I was younger,  I always had a dream car (my dream car always changed from year to year). One particular year, I had  my eye on this bright yellow sports convertible, a Honda S2000 and well, with help from my brother,  I just went out and bought it! I was  high on life! Man was that thing sweet! It was fast, it was yellow, and it was a convertible. Know what else? It was fast, it was yellow, and it was a …..convertible. THAT WAS IT. It didn’t do anything for me. Not only that, but once I got past the fast, yellow, and convertible part, I realized just how horrible of a daily driver it was: my back hurt after riding more than 15 minutes in it, it had the trunk the size of a jewelry box, and it hurt my ears because the exhaust was so loud. I look back and realize that I thought I would be happy if I had what I wanted, and well I was, for all of 2 days.  You can probably identify some mehs in your life if you sat down and thought about it. Which brings me to this: What truly is satisfying? What does Jesus have to say about it? How can we get it?

I think the encounter that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well demonstrates the futility of satisfaction we try to obtain from meh. If you’re not familiar with the story, I encourage you to read John 4:3-42; but here’s a quick synopsis anyhow.  During His time here on Earth, Jesus traveled…a lot. On one particular journey He was heading back from Judea to Galilee, but had to pass through Samaria. It was here He encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. Being thirsty, or perhaps feigning thirst, He asked the woman to draw water from the well so He could have something to drink. A short conversation ensues and it is here that Jesus draws a sharp contrast between what He has to offer and what the world has to offer. What’s beautiful about what He says is that he doesn’t say much, but there’s so much behind it and it’s not difficult to understand at all. Commenting on the water in the well He says “13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”(John 4:13-14 NIV). It’s easy to discern what is ‘meh’ here and what Jesus has to offer. The water from the well is ‘meh’, if you drink it, you’re going to get thirsty again. Not only that but you’re going to have to put in some effort to draw the water from the well. The water Jesus has to offer, the water He GIVES to us is like a spring! An eternal source of pure satisfaction. How easy is that to understand? Now, there are some other significant things I could point out in the context of this story (i.e., a Jewish man publicly conversing with a Samaritan woman, probably very disapproved of at the time) but that’s another study. Just goes to show you can look a few levels deep when Jesus said something.

Jesus knows our nature and our quest to gain satisfaction through the things of this world. What we often fail to see and realize is that time and time again, we draw ‘meh’ from the well of this world without truly being satisfied. Let Jesus satisfy you.

 

  1. I thought when I got my latest job, everything would be perfect! After about 2 months I realized it did not fulfill me as I thought it would. It was then that I decided to put as much effort as I put into my career into serving God. My life has become more meaningful and fulfilling than I could even begin to explain.

    Thanks for sharing!

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