An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more. Proverbs 13:25 MSG
I have thought about appetites and desires quite a bit since reading a little about St Ignatius of Loyola and his practice of guiding people to discern between desires that lead towards God and those that lead away. He taught that those desires that lead towards God are in fact graces (gifts from God) and those that lead away, temptations. However this proverb forces us to address the issue of satisfaction and it’s source.
What is satisfaction? A simple definition is ‘The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite; fulfillment of a need or want’* Yet this proverb suggests that true satisfaction is a result not of the fulfillment of a desire but is connected in some way to the object of that desire.
How satisfied are you? Are you content or do you find yourself always frustrated, wanting more or wanting things to change. I wrote these few lines while listening to the famous hymn “It is well with my soul”
“When my life is in the flow of an unstoppable river of peace, then I am satisifed.
When storms destroy all that I have, then I am satisfied
Whatever I have or have not, I am satisfied
When all my flaws, failings, deceptions and betrayals are destroyed then I am satisfied”
It turns out that our satisfaction is not dependent on getting the object of our desires but in the nature of the object of our desires.
But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.