Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve made a post, and I’m sorry I’ve been so M.I.A. these past few months, but the Lord’s really placed it on my heart to be more intentional about the things I write and share with you all. I want to make sure that it not only pleases and brings glory to Him, but also that it encourages you in the right direction as well. I’ve had some personal things to work through that also played a big role in my “missing in action-ness”, but I’m back now and more ready than ever before! 🙂
This post may be a short and sweet one, as it’s very last minute, but the Lord placed it on my heart just a few minutes ago that I share this with you tonight, so I tried to whip it up in the best way possible.
On my way home from work today, I was lost in my thoughts. I’m not going to lie, I usually am thinking about a lot of things on my drive home, but due to some experiences I brought on myself today, I was especially finding myself deep in the corners of my mind.
One of the things that popped into my head was this: if a person (definitely not me, because I don’t run, but we’re speaking figuratively here) decides they want to run a marathon, they don’t run on an empty stomach. They wouldn’t wake up that morning and decide not to eat or drink anything, because they would (hopefully) know better. They would know that they wouldn’t make it very far in the race because they’d be too weak. Eventually, they’d collapse, depending on the distance they’re trying to run.
Well, the same goes for going throughout our day in this crazy, hectic, and sin-filled world without spending time alone with God. If we go the entire day without eating naturally – without the strength we need to physically make it through – and wonder why we aren’t feeling our best, what makes us think that our soul can successfully make it an entire day without struggling in the slightest, if we don’t spend time with our Lord? How can we expect to be strong in the spirit to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11), if we’re not coming to the Lord multiple times a day to commune with Him? Without talking to Him one-on-one? Without getting to know our almighty Creator and the reason He created us? Without diving into His word daily so that we can learn more about Him and the way He wants us to live while we’re here on this earth?
Friends, I am speaking to myself as much as I am to you when I say that God has truly blessed us. Not only naturally, providing for our every need, but also spiritually. His word is food for the soul. Good, nutritious food – not the kind that tastes good in the moment but makes you feel horrible afterwards. Prayer and communion with the Creator of the universe is a gift. Jesus Christ is the best friend we could and will ever have. Those conversations with Him each morning before we begin our day and the ones that we have with Him before we go to sleep every night are the most important ones we will ever have. Ever. Those conversations lay the pattern and the foundations for all of the other ones we will have in our lifetime.
To finish this off, Here’s another way God interpreted that thought to me (also, please ignore the fact that this is like my 50th food reference in this post alone – I’m a tad bit passionate about what I eat):
How can we expect our hunger to be fully satisfied if we never cook the meal?