Monday, March 26

My Pin-It-Later God

Read Psalm 119:33-40

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Salted Carmel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake
I can almost taste it.

If I stare at it hard enough, the over-sized bite poised on the fork's tongs will be on its way to my salivating mouth. And that frosting will be on my tongue. Rich and gooey. It is almost there.

How I'm hungry for that cake. Just a bite won't do. I'll take the piece pictured, plus probably chow down the rest of the cake before dinner.

Unfortunately I don't have time to make that cake. I saw the picture, drooled, and then put it off till later. I'll have to get the ingredients and make that cake. It would only take a few hours out of my day, but it would be worth it.

SO. Worth it. Put it on my "to-do" list.

My "to-do" list is a long one. Sites like Pinterest have added a few more lines. But I don't have the time....

A deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God can be like that picture of beautiful deliciousness too. I've been a Christian my whole life and I know the attributes of God. Like the layers in a salted carmel chocolate cake, I don't have to actually experience it to know that it is good; I don't have to partakte in God to know that He is good. My knowledge trumps my experience from day to day.

I put so much off till later:

  • Reading the Bible (a novel demands hours of my time, the Bible, not so much).

  • A better prayer life (I get distracted).

  • A quieter quiet time (I don't make the sacrifices to make it happen).

  • More writing and reflection on His wonders (Facebook, blogging, and Pinterest take too much of my time).

  • Being decidedly grateful (whatever is most demanding gets my attention and I slip easily into discontent).

Reading and absorbing his Word, prayers that reach heaven, quiet reflection and study, and living a purposefully thankful life -- these are the delicate crumbs, the gooey frosting, and the rich textured cake of a relationship with God. These are the things that need to be tasted and enjoyed. 

"Taste and see that the Lord is good." 

Psalms 34:8

My relationship with God should be far more appealing than making a recipe that will be pleasurable only for a few moments... moments of bliss, I'll give you that. But tasting of God's goodness lasts and lasts.

Our God is so relational. He invites us in to enjoy the attributes of His awesomeness. Why would we put this off until later? Why delay the gratification of things we know are ultimately fulfilling? (I'm not taking about chocolate anymore).

"Hear I am, I stand at the door and knock. 

If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, 

I will come in to him and dine with him

and he with Me." 

Revelation 3:20

No more excuses, let today be the day you delve into a relationship with God that surpasses the momentary satisfaction of any earthly recipe. Let us taste and see that He is good.

Written by Alysun P.


Linds and Manda said...

Thank you for the reminder. Years ago for our College and Career theme one year we had "Come to the Table" based on Ps. 34's taste and see that the Lord is good! Being on that gets very easily distracted by a good recipe or a good book...or a huge mountain of other things, I need to...I want to spend more time with God and long for that.

Andee said...

I loved this so much! God made us to crave wonderful things, but he is the answer to all of it. Even that hole that seems like it can only be filled with chocolate cake.