Life is much more than finding satisfaction when you know your purpose.
Imagine a hammer. It was designed to hit nails. That’s what he was created for. Now imagine that the hammer is never used, it sits there in the toolbox. The hammer doesn’t care.
Now, imagine the same hammer with a soul, with its own conscience. Days and days pass and he remains in the toolbox. He feels kind of weird, but he doesn’t know exactly why. Something is missing, but he doesn’t know what it is.
Then one day someone takes it out of the toolbox and uses it to break some branches to put in the fireplace. The hammer is filled with joy. Being held, used effectively, hitting branches he loves it. At the end of the day, however, he still feels dissatisfied. Hitting the branches was fun, but it wasn’t enough. Something was still missing.
In the days that followed, it was used frequently. He unmasked a hubcap, smashed some stones, put the foot of a table in place. Still, he remains dissatisfied. He longs for more action. He wants to be used as much as he can to hit things around him, to break, smash and crush things. He finds that he has not experienced enough of these events to feel complete. Doing more of those same things, he believes, is the solution to his dissatisfaction.
Then one day someone uses the hammer on a nail. Suddenly, a light invades the hammer’s soul. He now understands what it was truly designed for. It was made to hit nails; that had no comparison with the other things he hit. Now he knew what his hammerhead soul had been looking for for so long.
We were created in the image of God, to have a relationship with Him. Being involved in that relationship is the only thing that will satisfy our souls. Until we met God, we had wonderful experiences, but we hadn’t hit the nail. We were used for very noble purposes, but not for which we were specially designed, not for which it would bring us full satisfaction. Augustine summed it up as follows: “You [God] made us for yourself and our hearts will not find rest until they are rested in you.”
A relationship with God is the only thing that will satisfy our souls’ desire. Jesus Christ said: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never be thirsty ”(John 6:35). Until we know God, we are hungry and thirsty for life. We try to “eat” and “drink” all kinds of things, but the insatiability remains.
We are like the hammer. We don’t understand what will end that void, the dissatisfaction, in our lives. Even in the middle of a Nazi concentration camp, Corri Tem Boom understood that God gave complete satisfaction: “The foundation of our happiness was that we knew that we were kept with Christ in God. We could have faith in the love of God … our Rock that is stronger than the deepest darkness. ”
Usually when we leave God out, we try to find satisfaction in something that is not God, but we can never have enough of that something. We continue to “eat” or “drink” more and more, mistakenly thinking that “more” is the answer to the problem, yet we are never fully satisfied.
Our great desire is to know God, to have a relationship with Him. Why? Because it shows us what we were created for. Have you ever hit a nail?