He opens his mouth wide and with a toothy grin and dimpled chin takes a big bite!
“Mmmmm. . .” Jabez exclaims. He enjoys food! For a sixteen month old, he is relatively adventurous and trusting when I offer him “bites” of new or different foods. He rarely refuses what I offer him and typically enjoys mealtime thoroughly. He gets involved. You know how it is: squishing new textures between his fingers or taking some in his mouth and then pulling some out with his chubby little fingers before he shoves it right back in. Then he will sign “More! More!” and take another big bite.
My seven year old may very well be the opposite when it comes to food. Deven clamps his mouth shut and refuses to try a new food, a new texture, or even something that’s a usual that he has decided, for today he doesn’t want to eat. He enjoys certain foods (read: junk food) and can rarely be coaxed into trying something different. But if he finds something he likes, no matter how surprising, he sticks with it.
Then there’s Benjamin, my oldest. He’s a pretty good eater, and does enjoy mealtime. However, he will take nibbly, reluctant bites of food. He really works over certain textures or inhales others. But once he finds something he likes (can you say mashed potatoes and gravy), he will devour it. Asking for seconds, thirds, and if permitted, even more.
When I think about my three sweet boys and how each of them eat the same foods, enjoy the same meals, and receive the same nourishment I wonder how I consume what God has for me.
I know that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17), but sometimes I act like my son, Deven, clamping down my spirit to the good things He has for me. Perhaps it’s something new, or that, just for today, I don’t want to try it.
I also know that the Lord is good to all and that his mercies are abundant (Psalms 145:9), yet I find myself nibbling at his goodness rather than really taking it in and enjoying it, similar to Ben when he’s unsure.
I know that God has created all good things and that I am to receive those things with gratitude
(1 Timothy 4:4) and there are days when I can really embrace that, not unlike Jabez enjoys his bites!
I know that you may be able to relate; you’re hungry. You want more of God. You want all that he has for you, but for whatever reason you’re clamped down or even nibbling at the goodness of God. I want to encourage you today to open wide to the things He has in store for you and then ask him for “More! More!”
I ask that “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow…” (Romans 15:13).
Oh, Lord Jesus, how we long to have more time with you, gain more wisdom from you, walk in peace with you. Help us to stop just thinking about the good you have for us and accept them into our heart fully so that we can start to live the life you have freely given us. In Your name, amen.