We had a young family with three children over for dinner. Everything was calm, quiet and smooth. Then something changed. The two-month-old baby decided he was hungry and wanted his Mother. The noise emitting from his mouth put all of our teeth on edge! Gone were my impressions of a relaxed “chill” baby. He wanted to nurse and he wanted to now! His Mother could not move fast enough!
Today’s verse describes contentment. One would think that the picture of contentment would be the nursing baby as he is immediately calmed and quiet. But true contentment is the older child. He stays close to his mother but he is not worried or agitated. He knows from experience that his mother is there and aware. He is peaceful and calm knowing she will meet his need. His need does not overwhelm him and he can patiently wait. There is confidence and trust instead of a lot of noise.
This definition of contentment recognizes needs and wants and even desires. Regardless of my circumstances, there is no way I can live life without them. There is so much more I want in my life and those desires may not be wrong at all. Contentment is not the absence of desires but a desire for His presence and love over-riding them all. At the end of the day, my contentment is not found in changed circumstances but in a Person. I can calm and quiet myself too, knowing He is there and will meet my needs. I can trust that He “gives unto each day what He deems best.”
Lord, help me to live that contentment today.