What are you having for lunch today?
About two years ago probably, I participated in one of those "21 Day Fix Challenges." (I highly recommend it, by the way.) During the challenge, I was required to keep track of what I was eating in the form of food group quantities -- like so many servings of vegetables, proteins, etc. What I discovered during this challenge, was that I really didn't eat anything sizeable for lunch! Sure I would have healthy snacks all throughout the day, but I really never sat to eat a good, substantial lunch. I'm sure if you have been at home with small children, you understand the situation-- kids running around, little people begging for food, little people done with said food they begged for with immediate needs elsewhere, etc. There were many things pulling me in many directions that my lunch kind of took a side burner. But that left me feeling hungry... all the time! I realized during the challenge that grabbing bits and pieces throughout the day wasn't working to hit my food group requirements and certainly left me feeling hungry most of the time so some changes had to happen.
What I found was that when I actually came to the table for a decent, balanced meal, I left it feeling satisfied and satiated. Hmm. Imagine that right?
Do you ever feel this way about time spent with the Lord?
Are you still a bit hungry? Are you craving something more? Are you feeling a bit dry and thirsty? Are the little crumbs here and there not cutting it anymore?
I've been there.
I've been trying to make a feast out of crumbs for years it seems.
I'm so guilty of being jealous of other people's strong faiths. I would love to have a crazy awesome faith like that but just can't seem to figure out how. I would love to know my Bible frontward and backward but just can't find the time. I would love to be able to teach my children the Word of God like they do but it just seems too difficult.
But here is the thing. We too can have crazy, awesome faiths! God invites us to dine with him! We don't need any special devotions, or videos, or podcasts to do it either. We just need our Bibles!
This summer I participated in my first ever Bible reading challenge (the last day is tomorrow actually). This has been such an amazing experience that I can't help but want to share this and encourage everyone to try it for themselves! (Hence: this post.) I am ashamed to admit I've never read the whole Bible, but this summer alone I've read the entire New Testament! In the past I had all the excuses as to why I couldn't do it but you know what? They are just that, excuses! It's not picture perfect. Some days I'm reading my Bible in paragraph chunks between caring for my family. It's not picturesque, and almost certainly the coffee is never hot, but I am there reading it. And the more you immerse yourself in Scripture the more ingrained it becomes in your life. Suddenly your thoughts are more Christ centered. You're loving things in your life more. You see God's handiwork everywhere. The Holy Spirit is there working that faith to make it stronger, and it's crazy and awesome!
Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow."
Isaiah 55:10-11, "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
I had been scrambling under the chairs picking up the little crumbs my toddlers didn't make into their mouths and trying to call it lunch! But you know what? God is here, and He has a chair pulled out for you and for me. Sit down. Stay awhile. Savor the meal. It doesn't have to be storybook perfect. Read bits and pieces throughout the day, listen in the car, or while you make dinner or fold laundry, or pull up your Bible app and read before bed. It doesn't matter how it happens; God will use it and your faith will know it!
Come, sit at the table. Feast on the Word of God!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for this amazing, inspired book that we have the ability to read so easily. Thank you for this gift of the Holy Spirit to work in us and to create and strengthen our faiths. Please forgive us for the times we have felt that we couldn't spend time with you-- you are most important! Please give us a rich desire to read more and dig deeper into your Word. Help us to find the time and make the time we need to accomplish it . Keep us strong in your Word! Amen.