Friday, February 19, 2010

Matroshka maladies


The human condition is a peculiar thing. As human beings, we are in constant need of something. Needs are often at the very heart of all our motives and actions. The strangest thing about needs is how they emerge within our make- up. Everyone has conscious needs, but then there are needs that are unconscious. In fact, some needs will only surface after a dominant need is met first. People who are starving to death, rarely think about the need to brush their teeth or hair. People who worry about personal grooming do so because their basic needs [like food and shelter] are already being met. Needs are a lot like the Russian Matroshka dolls, once you open one up, you'll find another one inside. Although we're not afforded the luxury of choosing our needs, we do have the privilege of choosing how to fulfill those needs. After having fasted forty days, Jesus was tempted of the devil to turn stones into bread, the which He refused to do. Instead He boldly declared, "man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God". It's incredible to think that our desire to serve God can overrun any other desire, even the most basic ones. Man is not an animal, and henceforth he can choose things that make him feel alive, instead of things that give him life, and even if it costs him his life, he can die satiated and content. It's little wonder Jesus told us, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [including personal needs] will be added unto you." If all we do is fill our temporal needs, others will appear in their place faster than we can count. However, if seeking God becomes our primary need, we'll quickly discover that contentment is only a prayer meeting, and scripture reading away.

6 comments:

Jennifer Connell said...

That was a really good post. I had never thought about needs that way before. Matroshka dolls are interesting, I liked them when I was little. Never through of them as teaching a lesson! Thanks!

Sam Silva said...

Deep thought...In him we find it all. Can I reference your post in an upcoming post?

Ari & Jaimee Prado said...

Sam,

No prob...never need to ask. Are you still running your blog?

Ari & Jaimee Prado said...

Thanks Jen. Apparently these dolls have a couple other names they go by, Matroshka seemed the most culturally current to me. Lol

kikikaria said...

Beautiful post! I've never seen those Matroshka dolls before. Great analogy! We will always have needs as humans, but only Jesus can satisfy our souls. I appreciate the depth of your post.

Carol Connell said...

Wonderful object lesson! Jen asked me a week ago if I had read this post. I'm glad I finally did. Thanks for sharing.