The Other Side of the Glass

I just got back from walking the dogs. I was going to walk Carl first and then Leo and Bee but after Bee got loose and started running around the neighborhood, those plans went out the window. After slipping out the gate, she literally took a bee line to the neighbor’s house. Once she saw no one coming to the door, she ran across the street without even a glance to see if a car was coming.

I was concerned that I might not catch Bee, but thankfully, she saw a cat sitting on the other side of a sliding glass door. This is when she started barking and clawing at the glass in hopes that she might reach the stoic feline.

As I think about Bee barking at the neighbor’s cat, I wonder if she thought she would have been satisfied if she could have gotten to the animal on the other side of the window pane. Just watching her do everything in her power to reach the cat, it seems like she had it in her mind and heart that fulfillment was in her grasp.

How often is a sense of being totally satisfied on the other side of the glass? What is it that you believe can complete you? A bigger paycheck? A new romance? Fame and fortune? No matter what it is for you, if you have gotten through the glass and obtained it, you probably came away disappointed.

Then what? Weren’t we created to be filled? YES! But how?

Jesus clearly states how we can be satisfied in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:6 states: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Isaiah 55: 1-2 states it this way.

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters;

And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat.

Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”

Jesus confronts a Samaritan woman who believed being satisfied came in the form of a husband. After having five husbands she was ready to look elsewhere for satisfaction. It was then, when she knew that no man could complete her that she was eager to hear what Jesus had to offer. So what does He offer her? And what is He offering us?

Living water. Water that satisfies and completes us.

Bee never got through the glass. I was able to fasten her leash to her collar and lead her away from the cat. Just the two of us ended up taking a walk around the block. And from the way she carried herself, I think she felt a sense of satisfaction that just couldn’t come from the cat on the other side of the glass.

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