I love that these phrases come to mind, especially in the morning, but sometimes they don’t linger or fill my very being as I hoped for; in that I seem to rummage them in my mind, I don’t let them enter me as a filling from the Holy Spirit. Do you ever do that? Repeat the portions of a scripture, or they come to mind and you say “yes” and repeat the scripture and it is sort of there like a glass of water that you sip, but not really drink to satisfy your thirst?
I do. Don’t know why. I do know better. It’s as though my mind will linger back to a problem, or sometimes just linger and take a morsel from God’s Word, as if that is all I need, when in reality, I need a big meal in the Word! A feast more like it. But I somehow sample morsels as though an appetizer will be enough.
My Father, who is heaven, knows so much better than me, and He is so faithful to share with me His Words and Christ Jesus, the complete course, as He so gently delivers to me. I nibble as if I am going to get something better……where, in my mind?
I am a wife and mom in a home of men. My husband and my son who recently graduated from college, my other son is married and has his own place. For years I took time to prepare and make certain there were foods in the fridge and pantry so that when one of them were hungry in between meals all they needed to do was open the fridge or pantry and literally put their hand in front of them and something good to eat was there. I have no idea the number of times they would look and say “is there anything to eat?” I used to think they were not certain of what was for them or saved for a meal, so I designated shelves that they knew if anything was on this shelf it was saved for a meal, all the rest was for them. Yet still I would hear “is there anything to eat?” Now, I know they were not blind, and I know they are smart, so I was wondering if their words meant something different than I understand in the English language. I had to inquire, so I would mention what was in front of them, and realized it was not that they could not see nor recognize the contents, though sometimes it really was that, they just felt it was foreign and not sure what they may be required to do with the container if they opened it. Were they going to heat it? Could they eat it all? Was there something better behind that? How far and deep should they go? Maybe there was something better? Sometimes they just didn’t know what they wanted and wanted to know ‘what else’ was there. One actually just wanted burgers, that took a while to figure out, and after many trips on his own to In ‘n Out, I made 12 burgers and had them in a container with the buns on top so it could not be missed. So I thought, that is another story.
I wonder, am I doing that with God’s Word as well? Am I looking for something else? Something better? Still in His Word, but looking, am I focusing on my hunger and not on Him who satisfies All my needs? If I simply just be with Him where He has led me in His word and delight myself right there in the moment, will I be satisfied? And not have to look for another book, or sign or scripture, or…..? You fill in the blank.
We know this answer, so I encourage you today, right now, as the Lord leads you, take His Word, where you are at in your reading, or His breath He has just shared with you, and feast right there, just be with Him right now, in this very moment, no where else. Consume what He has for you, right now. And as you are dining before Him, know that He is right there With you. I pray that you will be completely satiated that when you have finished feasting, you will be so thankful, and His Peace that surpasses All understanding will nourish and comfort you throughout this day! In Jesus Name.
By the way, this is my 4 course meal for His peace for me today.
Don’t worry, be thankful and share my everything with Him, know that He is there, think on Him, receive Him, and put these in practice daily. He is with me.
Philippians 4:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
8 Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
9 The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.
~Ayse Miller Bol