Thursday, February 27, 2014

drive thru style

As I roll up to the little box to order my food..."Hi...can you just give me a minute"

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to order at the drive thru but, I always ask for just one more minute to decide. I am very indecisive =not having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

And restaurants I take forever to order... two things that concern me are the price of the food item and will this satisfy my hunger. How often do we order way too much cause we are afraid that if we're not completely full we will have to inconvenience the waiter/waitress for more food. I am a food junky...especially ranch. All my friends know my obsession and odd love for Ranch. It is soooooo bad for you with a billion calories but it tastes so good.  

I feel like sometimes what I'm hungry for doesn't always hit the spot or satisfy. There are certain fast food joints that I only order the same thing every time....for one I don't like to sway from habit and two, what if it doesn't satisfy and than I'm stuck with it..miserable and still hungry. 

But, there is this one really cool place that all the cool people who live forever hang out. Its called "The well of living water" this place is not somewhere you can physically go to. The food is not edible but it has the most satisfying and quenching menu. All that thirst and hunger that keeps you up at night or keeps you out at night will be met. 


"but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14


We as humans, mankind were created to consume. We all have a deep need to be filled. For our thirst to be met and our hunger to be satisfied. WE all need to feel complete. A great and encouraging verse is found in 

James 1:4 " And let steadfastness have its full effect, 
THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT AND COMPLETE, LACKING IN NOTHING" 

Our end result, when we have finished the race, we will be perfectly complete lacking in nothing. I love this. Cause it is not based on my performance but rather accepting the transformation.

But many times we are tempted by the soft drinks and tasty cheeseburgers that deceive us from really knowing the true definition of SATISFIED. Growing up I had a lot of issues with how I was viewed, how I wanted a boyfriend, the confidence to get outside my comfort zone, the way I wanted attention. I grasped at things that would have never quenched my craving but rather make it worse. I was willing to settle, to compromise. Now in my head and heart I knew that the things of this world were only temporary...if it be love or lack their of from parents or attention from boys, I wanted what I didn't have. 

In Genesis, Abraham was an old wise man who followed the leading of God without knowing the direction of steps the Lord was calling Him to take. He knew that God had great things for Him, He was even given a promise  

" And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing." Gen 12:2

“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations." 
Gen 17:2

SO, here we have Abraham being told he is going to be a father of MANY nations. And instead of holding onto that promise and being satisfied with it...he goes outside of the promise of God and creates His own idea of that promise. He sleeps with the maidservant. He was given a clear promise....but decided to hunger and thirst after the temporary. 

When I don't fully understand God's forgiveness...I tend to question it. When I don't fully believe that Jesus loves me, all of me...I search for it in other ways. Because part of me doesn't want to get hurt. 

As Christians we are guaranteed life everlasting. We are promised to be made perfectly complete lacking in nothing. WE are promised that the things of this world will NEVER fill our deepest desires, biggest dreams and the whole that longs to be overflowing with love. We must face it and put on the armor of God that will help us resist the thoughts that God isn't enough. 
If you think that God is not enough than your view of Him is very small. He is big. His plans and thoughts and desires and hopes and dreams are bigger and more grand than you could ever hope to know. Do you get it? 

Adam and Eve didn't just eat the fruit cause it looked tasty, they ate it cause they were hungry. They were hungry for the things that were temporary. I find it sad and funny that even with the most perfect mate, perfect communion with God, perfect promise being laid out, they chose the temporary. They chose ashes for the most satisfying and mouth watering feast. We can't overcome this deep hunger and thirst alone. We need His strength.

I'm so like Adam and Eve and Abraham. I don't always want to wait. I settle for less. I trust in my plans rather than His. I try to love my own way instead of loving through Him. I fail. And God knows. And God still gives me promises and still refines me and still satisfies. Because He is good. 

If you are in that place where you are tired of the menu that the world offers you, or tired of always settling or maybe feeling as if you don't deserve to even partake of "the well of living water" than you are not alone. I really want to encourage you to stop and be still before the Lord. Lay your burdens and desires and struggles at His feet.

"Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22

 As as you pray for God to move radically, believe it. Be expectant of Him. When you genuinely seek God, He will desperately seek you.

This is real love at cost. 

-Mis

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