We can find blessings at the end of our ropes, when we’re content with content with just who we are, and Jesus said, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.” (Matthew 5:6)
I don’t know about you, but I love food. Like LOVE food, especially good food (call me a foodie if you want). During the summers growing up, my family would take a driving trip for two weeks to somewhere around the country and I bet I can remember more about what I ate than about what we saw. When my husband and I plan our trips, the first thing I look into is where we should go to eat, every meal. I just enjoy so much of what God has created, and the brilliant creativity of others, through my taste buds. 🙂 I was spoiled this past birthday by getting to go to not one, but two amazing restaurants with top chefs in the North Loop area of Minneapolis. It’s said that you can tell a person’s priorities when you look at their credit card statements… Though my husband and I have had to go to a much tighter budget these days with me not working and back at school, we have yet to give up our “eating out” budget…now we just have to prioritize where much more so than before. 😉
If I were honest, I’d have to admit that the top two priorities in my day are thinking about what I’ll eat (I wake up doing this) and what/when my workout will be; everything else gets fit into the spaces in between. I’ve been told that this may change when our baby is born (T-11 weeks)…
So when Jesus said that we’re blessed when we work up a good appetite for God (or as the NIV version puts it ‘when we hunger and thirst for righteousness’), I can relate. For those of you who have ever trained for a marathon, or an ironman, or ever been pregnant, my hunch is you can relate too because the physical hunger pangs during those seasons are real. We’re talking wake up in the middle of the night needing to eat N O W kind of hunger.
My hunch is each of us has those one or two things that we start thinking about the minute we wake up in the morning, the things we are passionate about, that set the trajectory for our day, the things that get us excited (or that we’re worried about for that matter). What would it look like if we intentionally gave the same amount of energy towards pursuing the things of God? What if we spent the same amount of resources and time on love, mercy, compassion, grace, justice, bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth…? Jesus said that when we do this, our experience of God will be the best food and drink we’ve ever had… To be more fulfilled than that pork chop from Spoon and Stable left me the other night or the aerated chocolate dessert from Tullibee, wow, I can’t wait to experience that!