So I came across a quote today that got me thinking. It said:
Few people arise in the morning as hungry for God as they are for cornflakes, or toast and eggs.Dallas Willard
My self righteous self thought…𝓶𝓮𝓱 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽’𝓼 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓶𝓮. But the humble side of me, the one completely in awe of God said…𝓰𝓲𝓲𝓲𝓲𝓲𝓻𝓵, 𝓭𝓸𝓷’𝓽 𝓵𝓮𝓽 𝓶𝓮 𝓳𝓾𝓭𝓰𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓶𝓪𝓽𝓽𝓮𝓻, 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂 𝔀𝓮𝓵𝓵 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓬𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭 𝓭𝓸 𝓫𝓮𝓽𝓽𝓮𝓻 🧐😒😖😏. I’ll be honest with you, because it seems I just drank a pitcher of truth serum— I think about what my breakfast will be from the night before. I am not a food prep type of person, because where is the fun in that right? But I salivate in advance thinking about all the delicacies that await me the next day. Let’s look at it this way, most people travel to explore things like culture, markets, monuments and such. All those are important to me as well, but my priorities are probably a bit warped because at the very top of my to-dos is a buoyant list of restaurants, food trucks, street food spots et al. to visit. I have them written on a piece of paper, and just incase I loose that, its on my phone and if that somehow gets lost, I have the tabs still open or bookmarked. In some cases, I have emailed the list to myself. I literally travel with the best interest of my stomach at heart. I am also known for doing a happy dance when I eat good food, and while we are on this matter, I have to say that though I appreciate the proactive nature of restaurants including calories on their menus, I am also quite annoyed by it.
So ya, as much as I hate to admit it, Mr. Willard hit a soft spot.
Those closest to me will tell you that I am the least pleasant person when I am hungry. But to be pleasant is not necessarily being my best self, because lets be honest, pleasantness can be faked. Also, just ‘cuz I am looking out for you, what good is it to be stuck with a person whose pleasantness is conditional, and solely based on her stomach being happy? Do I think about God half as much as I think about food? I sure hope so. For what would it benefit me, for my stomach to be full but my spirt malnourished?
My goal in life is to be full— spirit first, then body, and it is because I have learnt that I am my best self, in spite of my conditions— hunger included, when I am full of God. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting my day with God is a full course meal that balances me for my day. He focuses my mind, centres my heart, steadies my feet and blesses my hands.
Toast and eggs (even with a side of bacon, ham and sausages), salmon or crab eggs Benedict, waffles and southern fried chicken and whatever other mouth watering meal ain’t got nothing on God. They are eaten and passed out. God’s word however is planted in my heart, just ready to grow into fields of life giving lasting fruits!
“Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you. Save me from all my enemies, for I hide myself in you. I just want to obey all you ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for you are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to you, my one and only God!”Psalms 143:8-10, TPT