I try to read devotionals with my kids on a regular basis. We read Our Daily Bread in the mornings and the girls have their own devotionals for evening. One particular morning, as I was reading the devotional aloud, my daughter said, "hey, this is about being satisfied-that is what my devotional was talking about last night." Devotions for Girls: God & Me referenced Psalm 107:9 “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Our Daily Bread was out of Exodus about God providing for or satisfying the Israelites with manna. The tag line at the end of the devotion read, “Those who let God provide will always be satisfied.”
First, I was impressed that she made a connection from these two unrelated sources that occurred at least 12 hours apart from one another. (I certainly hadn’t made the connection.) Second, I wondered how to respond. Would she understand? Do I have enough time to explain? I took a deep breath and dove into an important conversation with my 8 year old. "You know, when I hear the same message from different places, usually it means God is trying to tell me something important." As soon as the words left my mouth, my daughter inquired, "Do you think God is trying to teach me something?"
I responded affirmatively and began to think of all of the life applications for her. I was half way through this sermon in my mind, when she stopped me dead in my tracks with her reaction. She was so excited as she squealed, "God is speaking to me!" In my mind, God was trying to teach her something she wasn’t already doing. It was quite obvious to me that God was showing up with a lesson about being satisfied since kids these days always seem to want more.
I was surprised by her excitement and remember thinking how much she had to learn about life. However; as I revisit the texts as I write this article today, I am reminded of the wisdom in youth. Perhaps my daughter was more right than I originally thought in interpreting the scriptures about being satisfied. She was excited that God spoke to hear because she saw the scriptures as more of a promise from God instead of a command, something to hold onto instead of something to accomplish. I urge you, allow God to satisfy your heart this day!