"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I'm sitting here today in NC overlooking the Trent river and a host of boats locked into the marina. And I'm hungry. Since I have no transportion, two choices prevail. One, I can either open up the Rubbermaid container of "goodies" I brought with me (which consists of a couple of slices of pound cake, 2 blueberry/banana nut muffins, fresh roasted cashews, a couple of nature valley bars, and best of all, some roasted almond "silky smooth" milk chocolate), OR, I can don some walking shoes and take off for downtown where there are numerous eating establishments that would offer a full meal. The first requires no activity -- and little nourishment. The second offers satisfaction -- with a bit of time and effort.

Sounds a little like my spiritual life at times. When I'm hungry, I can go for the junk food and "snack" on things that offer little reward and even less satisfaction. Self-effort for one. Church work. Dead traditionalism. Legalism. I've certainly gotten fat on all of these and more. Or I can make my meal off of that which really nourishes -- a relationship with Jesus; time spent with Him. Just like I feed my body daily for physical growth, so my spiritual "body" needs food, too. 2 Cor. 4:16 says that our inner man is renewed day by day, but therein lies the stipulation. I must come to Him -- daily -- for that nourishment. It is then that He feeds me with His very presence, and in essence, restores my soul and fills a longing -- a hunger, if you will. Truth is it takes effort. It doesn't just happen by opening up a box of goodies. Sometimes I have to put on my walking shoes. But after all, that's what I'm truly hungry for.

Now where did I pack those Keds...

Just an ordinary moment.

1 comment:

Chel said...

You know that is right on. I went to a conference to get fed 2/27 and 2/28 and the speaker, Laurie Solierno was telling us all how we have become spiritually obese! We are so huge on spiritual nourishment and lack the exercising of our faith that we can barely fit thru the church doors we're so righteous, ha! She made a very good point as you do here, we must choose right and work out our faith. Thank you for sharing that we need HIM most!