Words that nourished

My security settings did what they were supposed to do after I damaged my cell phone but that meant that I was locked out of my blog for several days until my new phone arrived. As a result, this is the first time I am able to create a post since last Wednesday. Thought I would share a passage of Scripture that nourished my spirit today. I hope it will do the same for you.

2 COR 1 V2 TO 5

Five Minute Friday: Prepare

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Prepare”

What are you preparing for this Christmas season

As others deck their halls

And light up their trees

As they shop for presents

And look forward to time with loved ones?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season

As the Salvation Army bell ringers say cheerful “Merry Christmas”

And offer opportunities to share, to give to the needy

As gifts are wrapped and cards are addressed and mailed?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season?

The familiar ache of loneliness?

The pain of the anniversary of the death of a loved one

A marriage

A dream?

Whatever hard thing you are preparing yourself for the best you know how

Know this

The God of all comfort has also made preparation for you

There is a Balm in Gilead

He is near to the broken hearted and heals those who are crushed in spirit

He keeps your tears

He has numbered the hairs on your head

He knows you are hurting more than you can describe or even believe you can bear

He is ever present and calls you to the shelter of His arms

The healing virtue of His presence

He is with you always and will walk you through this season as He has every other

STOP

NB: Scripture links added after 5 minutes were up.
Five Minute Friday

Embracing the hunger

Empty-Bowl 2

Approximately two years ago, together with several women in my home church, I participated in the One in a million Bible study, written by Priscilla Shirer.

In the lesson, “This is only a test,” I read the following statements:  “Yahweh allowed the Hebrews to experience inner emptiness that they did not have the ability to fill. He wanted them to experience the abundant supply that only God’s pantry can offer. Passing the test meant embracing the hunger (italics added) and counting on the Lord to fill it.” She was speaking of the test the children of Israel faced in the Wilderness of Sin (Exodus 16: 1-3).

“Embracing the hunger” … I found myself reflecting on this phrase and wondered what unmet need hunger can represent – loneliness, disappointment, rejection, pain? And, what would embracing each form of hunger mean?

  • Not running from loneliness and counting on the Lord to be the Perfect Companion?
  • Not denying disappointment and counting on God to perfect that which concerns us, to send what is best for us to us in His time?
  • Not denying that we have been rejected but facing the rejection and counting on God to both heal the wound inflicted and never abandon us?
  • Not trying to self-soothe or medicate our pain and counting on the God of all comfort to comfort us, to be the Balm in Gilead?

I believe “embracing the hunger” can have a two-fold meaning: first, embracing whatever it is that challenges us, reveals our inadequacies or limitations, introduces us to unknown parts of ourselves; second, counting on God to be all we need in every given moment, allowing Him to fill our hunger as He sees fit, and knowing that when He does so, we will be satisfied. If the story of Jesus feeding approximately 5,000 men with five barley loaves and two small fish,* assures us of anything, it is that when He fills our hunger, He does so in a manner that leaves an overflow that can bless the lives of others.

Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy;
But then I heard my Savior speaking:
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry”.

Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more–
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!**

*John 6:1-13 (New King James Version)

**Lyrics are from the hymn “Fill my cup, Lord”  by Richard Blanchard (1925-2004)