God very often teaches me lessons through my children.
"Mom, what's that you're cookin'? It smells REALLY good," my seven year old son said as he peered over the counter trying to catch a glimpse at what was being prepared for dinner.
"It's garlic potatoes and mushroom chicken," I responded.
"It sure does smell good! I'm really hungry," he said as he darted back to his room.
A few minutes later he returned to the kitchen, "Is it ready yet? I'm really, REALLY hungry."
"It won't be long. You can go ahead and set the table and get ready," I instructed as I reached for the dishes in the cabinet.
"Yes ma'am! I'd be happy to."
Shocked by his eagerness to obey, I handed him the dishes, silverware, and napkins. He quickly set the table and then stood at the counter watching with excitement in his eyes as I took the chicken from the oven and put the potatoes in a bowl.
As I fixed his plate and placed it in front of him, I could almost see him begin to salivate. It wasn't like he hadn't eaten that day. In fact, he had eaten...quite a bit. He was just ready to dig into his meal.
"Mmmm! Mom this is so good!" he said as he shoveled the food into his mouth.
"I'm glad you like it," I replied.
"Man! This hits the spot!" he continued.
All throughout dinner he ranted and raved about how good his meal was.
"This is SOOOOO good!"
I sat there in utter amazement at his enthusiasm over a plate of mushroom chicken and garlic potatoes. Then, it hit me. A lesson. A GOD lesson.
For whatever reason, my son was very excited about dinner that night. He willingly, and immediately I might add, obeyed when instructed to set the table. He not only ate everything on his plate, he enjoyed every single bite he put in his mouth. He continuously praised and thanked me for his dinner. When his plate was clean, it was apparent his belly was satisfied to the full.
Every day is a new day to pull up a chair at God's table and feast on His Word. As I thought about this "feasting on God's Word", I asked myself these questions...
First of all, am I eager and excited to sit at His table? Does my heart long to dine with Him?
Am I even prepared to sit at His table and eat? God's table is set and ready, is my heart?
Do I enjoy the food He feeds me? Do I take it ALL in, even the parts that bring conviction to my soul?
Do I praise Him and thank Him for the Words He has prepared for me?
Do His Words satisfy my hungry soul?
"Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it."
Psalm 81:10c, NKJV
Feasting at His table. Dining with the Almighty. Filling my hungry soul to the brim with the riches of His glorious Word. That's what I want. That's what I truly desire. That's what my heart longs for.
Who knew that a seven year old boy and a plate of mushroom chicken and garlic potatoes would result in a God lesson? He did!