I made a big mistake Monday. I left the house early to do errands taking a small breakfast with me. I expected the errands to take the morning & that I would be home to eat lunch.
Errands took longer as they often do. At 1 pm, I found myself aimlessly pushing a grocery cart through the store as I grabbed food off the shelves in a hunger-induced daze. I left the store with 4 bags of potato chips, greasy cheese buns & a bag of jujubes.
Worse, I went through McDonald’s drive-through & gulped down their food while driving. The chips, buns & jujubes remained unopened at the back of the van!
Arriving home, I felt depleted & discontented.
I can make the same mistakes in my spiritual life.
- Not ingesting enough spiritual food at the beginning of the day
- Convincing myself that I don’t really need to take time with God
- Grabbing other food (social media, news, books) to try & get nourishment
- Gulping down spiritual material instead of taking time to sit & really digest it.
“It leaves me ill-prepared for the storms of the day.”
I end up feeling the same way: depleted & discontented.
Psalm 37:3 says:
Trust In The LORD
Dwell In The Land
Feed On His Faithfulness.
This Psalm brings to mind a picture of grazing sheep, their jaws shifting back-&-forth, back-&-forth. For Canadians, think cows feeding in farmer’s fields along the Trans-Canada Highway.
The animals aren’t hurried or harried. They’re focused on feeding.
The post Homemade Please describes a human picture of this kind of eating. Linda told the story of a family birthday dinner. At the event, her family savored the meal as they lingered at the table sharing family stories.
They took time to connect. They fed their bodies & their spirits.
This is a picture of how we relate to God.
- sitting, savoring & sharing
- feeding our spirit
Later Monday, I took the time to eat properly. I fed myself a healthy snack & dinner. I savored the meal as I sat at the table with my family.
Tuesday morning, I took time to feed myself spiritually.
“I came to my time with God feeling deplete & discontented.”
I Left Feeling
Where do you go when you feel depleted & discontent?
Does it bring comfort or false comfort?
What prevents you from sitting, savoring & sharing with God?
Be real about your struggles.
Listen to what He says.
What steps is He inviting you to take?
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