Saturated. What comes to mind when you read the word saturated?
- For mothers of young children, it might be a droopy diaper on the occasionally overlooked offspring;
- Students might feel saturated after enduring a lengthy Latin lesson;
- It’s a descriptive word for my soaking wet socks after unintentionally finding a puppy puddle on the floor;
- For the chemist, it simply means singly bonded to an atom;
- The health-conscious might immediately think negatively of fats on a food nutrition label;
- It expresses the water content of a swim suit upon departing from the pool or lake;
- It defines the roaring sound filling the Minnesota Twin’s Stadium in their first World Series games;
- For the naturalist, it might be the feel of the grass underfoot after a heavy rainfall;
- It describes the paper towels used by the Kindergarten teacher to clean up juice spills in her bustling classroom;
- For the pet owner, it is likely the wet dog as it vigorously shakes off the excessive water from his thick fur coat;
- And for photographers, it depicts the highest intensity of hue in a picture.
Although the definitions for saturated are finite, it can take on varied meanings depending on WHO we are and WHERE we are in any given moment.
While it really only comes down to meaning “filled to capacity,” all too often we mistakenly interpret the word as “filled beyond capacity.” Consider the saturated diaper. The mind automatically conjures up an image depicting a diaper that is too full. That lengthy Latin lesson? It was too long. I feel that my soaking wet socks are too wet, although I’d argue that any moisture contained in my socks is too much!
The question is whether something can actually go beyond saturation. A diaper can be saturated or filled to capacity. But once it is actually filled, any additional input would simply flow out from the boundaries. Most parents can attest to this based on first-hand experience! The student who reaches brain-overload will often shut down, unable to absorb additional information for that class. My socks will reach a point where they will be unable to suck up any added puppy puddles. In many cases, it is not possible to go beyond the saturation point.
However, there are other instances in life where over-saturation is not only possible but preferable. As I contemplated this, various verses from the Bible sprung to mind as I began to realize that God desires our lives to be more than saturated with both His love abounding and His bountiful blessings. He wants to fill us with joy and peace so that we can experience His overflowing hope.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
David, the shepherd boy, proclaims the bounty that he experiences from the Lord. His reference to a cup that overflows further indicates the blessings beyond full measure that the Lord intends for us.
Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
God never intended us to live a mediocre life. He didn’t ordain our days that we should proclaim, “Enough! I’m full!” He wants so much more than that for each of us.
When we fully experience God, we can experience a life beyond saturation. But as with any other relationship, communication is required for bountiful fellowship with God. It is our willingness to go beyond saturation in His Word that will help us develop and deepen our relationship with Him and come to appreciate all that He has already given us and all that he intends for our future.
Reader, do you feel saturated in the Word of God? If so, that’s not enough. Go beyond saturation, go beyond full. Be yourself overflowing with thanksgiving and praise so you can fully experience His abundance, His extravagance, His lavish love, His plentiful power. He awaits you today.