They are satisfied with children,
I hope you don’t mind my reminiscing as I come to Psalm 17. I’m recounting God’s faithfulness. This was the verse God gave me when we realized we wouldn’t have children. What I heard was that not having children would be something God would use in my life to make me like Jesus. My satisfaction had to come in Him, not children. As I read that day, I saw two people… "they" and "me." I decided to take up the psalmist testimony “as for me… I will be satisfied with Your likeness!” I decided to accept and embrace what God gave me. How that would work out, I didn’t know. I still don’t know. But one day God gave me another verse.
“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child;
This verse is about Israel being barren and then flourishing. For me, it was direction. Shout for joy because God was doing things! Open my tent and my arms to whoever God would bring me. This has proved to be great counsel. Through the years God has brought me children who have moved in and out of my life. Some joys, some heart breaks. But that’s the way of children, isn’t it? I’m thankful for each one!
This is such a wonderful reminder on this particular day! It makes me smile because I’m taking my Sunday School kids to the pumpkin patch today. Children God has given me. Delightful kids! Seeing them grow up and come to know the Lord Jesus is so wonderful!
I am reminded where my Joy and Satisfaction lie. Only in Jesus! If you are looking for joy and satisfaction anywhere else, you will miss Him! Don't miss Him!
Satisfied with Thee, Lord Jesus,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!