Last night, after we ate dinner, I gathered together the ingredients for a hearty stew and plugged in the crock pot. (My unending thanks to whoever invented this lovely appliance.) In just a few minutes, the whole house smelled so yummy.
We left the stroganoff percolating as we headed to bed, and I drifted off to sleep smiling as a vision of a perfectly delightful meal captured my imagination.
In the morning, I was running late, so I left my husband in charge of the culinary creation by saying, “Change the setting to warm, please.” My day was non-stop busy with paperwork, e-mails, phone calls, and research. I had a quick microwave meal at midday as I worked at my desk. As I gobbled down lunch, my mind traveled back to my the aroma of the stew.
Tonight, I will feast, I thought.
I spent the late afternoon trying to catch up on pending projects, and I headed home later than usual. I called ahead and spoke to my husband about our meal plan. He offered to prepare the table and have the stew ready to serve. Score!
When I got home, I walked through the door, and my nose immediately caught a whiff of the goodness in a bowl. My pace quickened, and I turned the corner to enter our kitchen.
That’s when I saw two bowls of take-out pasta on the counter.
What’s up with the pasta?
My husband is all grace. He ever so gently explained that the stew was not edible. In my rush to put it together, I apparently poured more than the meat into the pot. I added the silicone liner at the bottom of the butcher’s package.
The meal looked perfect. It smelled delightful. But, when the pot was stirred, the poison rose to the surface.
Friends, I must tell you that I did not take this well. I longed to savor that stew.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had this experience. For me, it happens often. It happens not just in my kitchen, but in my heart. I often set my affection on food that looks appetizing, but proves to be poisonous.
I was reminded this evening that earthly fare doesn’t satisfy. A quick fix meal isn’t spiritually nourishing. More than anything, I pray for God to help me cultivate an appetite for the manna that will truly sustain me.
Every word You give me is a miracle word—
how could I help but obey?
Break open Your words, let the light shine out,
let ordinary people see the meaning.
Mouth open and panting,
I wanted Your commands more than anything.
Turn my way, look kindly on me,
as You always do to those who personally love You.
Steady my steps with Your Word of promise
so nothing malign gets the better of me.
Psalms 119:129-133, MSG
Something to think about…
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