Satisfied

By Sunday, August 22, 2010 2 0

I think about satisfaction all the time. It’s among one of my favorite English words, not only for its meaning but also for the simple way it rolls off my tongue. And I suppose that thinking about satisfaction all the time isn’t that strange – we all have a bent to be comfortable, full, quenched, entertained… satisfied.

Sometimes when we use it, it has the same connotations as “pleasant.” Like, if a meal was “satisfying,” I’m conveying that it was good enough to eat and that it filled my belly. But when I’m satisfied, I need nothing. I’ve got everything I need. In food, satisfaction is more than a full belly; it’s also a happy palate, a quenched craving.

When the Bible talks about satisfaction, it’s the same: God satisfies the soul in Jeremiah, He speaks of satisfying his wrath in Ezekiel, he satisfies us with long life and in Psalm 90, he is able to

satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days

Confession time: I love Jewel. Judge me if you want, but I like hippy, altruistic singer-songwriters, and she fits the bill perfectly. Plus she has a quirky take on love songs. One of the songs on her latest album, “Sweet and Wild” (two of my favorite words!) is called “Satisfied.”

Jewel doesn’t always get it right. She’s got some funny (read: sad) views on the world and God’s love. But this song is simple and true (more Jewel lyrics for ya), and I think you’ll love its message.

If you love somebody
You better let it out
Don’t hold it back
While you’re trying to figure it out
Don’t be timid
Don’t be afraid to hurt
Run toward the flame
Run toward the fire
Hold on for all your worth
Cause the only real pain a heart can ever know
Is the sorrow of regret
When you don’t let your feelings show

So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line
Did you make it count
Did you look ’em in the eye
Did they feel it
Did you say it in time
Did you say it out loud
‘Cause if you did, hon
Then you lived some
That feeling inside
That’s called satisfied

Busy people walking by
Can’t help but worry some
With so many things to do
So little love gets done
Empty hearts everywhere
Drowning but dying of thirst
If you want love
It’s not that tough
Start by giving it first
It’s so easy to give
Baby can’t you see
Just close your eyes open your heart
And do what comes naturally

Well did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line
Did you make it count
Did you look ’em in the eye
Did they feel it
Did you say it in time
Did you say it out loud
‘Cause if you did, hon
Then you lived some
That feeling inside
That’s called satisfied

Horses are built to run
The sun is meant to shine above
Flowers are made to bloom
And then there’s us
We were born to love

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  • Karla

    Well this is pretty much exactly what I needed to hear today 🙂 Thanks!

  • Jo Cudney

    Well said.