Round Pegs…

Max Bell

My 11-month old son has a bunch of toys he likes to play with… but his favorite one is a box with different shaped blocks in it.  It has a top that has holes in the shape of each of the different blocks. The object is to match the blocks with the shapes.  He is “all boy” because he will take those blocks and start to bang them into the different holes.  He’ll take the square block and hit it in the circle hole. After a while he gets frustrated because they aren’t going in…


And sometimes he’ll start to cry…


Because they just don’t seem to fit.


There’s a story in the Bible about a young guy who had a lot of money.  And one day he came running up to Jesus and asked him what he needed to do to have eternal life.

 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.  –Mark 10:17-22

 This young man in the Bible was hungry to connect with God… he came running to Jesus.  And he was apparently doing a lot of “religious stuff.”  Probably showing up to church every week… holding up his Bible and saying “Wooord.”  He seemed to be desperately trying to fill that gnawing sense of emptiness in his heart.   I love how Jesus looked at him, and “felt genuine love for him.”  No matter where you are at on your journey, God genuinely loves you!  No matter what has happened in your life … no matter what you’ve done… GOD LOVES YOU!

Then Jesus calls the guy out… totally “reading his mail” and asking him to sell everything.  Jesus knew that this was the biggest thing that this young guy was using to try and fill the void in his life.  He felt money, and the security found in it, could satisfy him.


But it cant…


nothing will…


except for God.


Just like my son’s toy, each one of us has been created with a God shaped hole inside of our lives.  It’s a void that nothing else can fill but Him.  We can try to cram other things in that space, like money, relationships, even religion… but we will only be left frustrated and empty.

There is another story in the Bible about a woman who was trying to fill that space in her life with lots and lots of relationships.  When she encountered Jesus, He told her that only He could give her what she was really thirsting for…

 “Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” –John 4:13-14

Jesus used a metaphor of thirsting for water that will satisfy.  The woman was talking about physical thirst, while Jesus saw something deeper…  The spiritual thirst she had in her heart.   A thirst that only a relationship with God will fulfill.

What are your blocks?  What are those things that you are trying to stuff in that empty space in your heart?  I want to encourage you today to surrender your life completely to God.  Stop trying to cram the round block into the square hole.  Invite Jesus into that void in your heart.

Mar 2012
AUTHOR Mark Bell


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