Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom

Today, both the kids had playdates after school.  Normally, I would take the opportunity to work, but I felt God press upon me the need for rest today, to do things that I would enjoy, to be out from under the pressure of the always crowded to-do list.

I was a bit at a loss of what to do with myself.  I would try to sneak in a bit of work here or there, not really sure of how just to play.  At one point, I decided to treat myself to some Starbucks.  I was hungry and not in the mood for my normal grande non-fat chai latte, so I bought a Naked smoothie drink and a Greek yogurt parfait.  On the top, jumbled together, was a mix of sunflower seeds, granola, and dried cranberries.  I mixed it all together and begun to indulge.  I was almost to the bottom when I realized that there was a hidden treat underneath it all.

Honey.  Golden sweetness.

Even though I had very little yogurt to mix it with, I still ate up every little drop of that sugary goodness. As it permeated my taste buds, I thought about life in terms of this plain white Greek yogurt.  If I had only realized that there was this honey at the bottom and had mixed it in, every bite would have been sweeter.

How often do I fail to observe the sweetness that God puts in my life because I am so fixated on obtaining my goals, or drowning in sorrows, or overwhelmed with fear and worries?  Perhaps if I choose to see the goodness, the sweet stuff of life, everything might taste a little sweeter.

Or at least the bitter, a little less difficult to swallow.

Linking up with Tiffini for Word Women Wednesday.

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  1. That spoke to my heart today. Thank you.

  2. PS...I love the new blog look!!

  3. you always can take the every day things in life and find a lesson in it. I love that!

    Glad you got to spend a few minutes breathing by yourself, that's always nice once in a while isn't it?

    Love, Marlece

  4. This is just wonderful. I love the way you find truth in the every day lesson. This ought to be your simple pleasure, too, unless you have something even simpler and even more pleasurable.

  5. Bt the way, do you ever read Sharon Sharing God? If you don't, I think you would like it. She has the same eye that you do for finding the message in the moment.


  6. How sweet! Literally! Love this - "every bite would have been sweeter" Teaches us to embrace the now, no matter what! Thank you!

  7. this is good stuff and I'm not talking about the food ( although Greek yogurt is one of my favs as well as Naked drinks...I just can't get away from the word
    Seriously, how true and useful and so worth living out yes? here's to finding the sweetness in every detail of life!

  8. I love reading your blog. I do it as part of my time of prayer and meditation. This is why.

  9. Hey, I just came across your blog by doing a bit of blog-surfing and I'm glad I did! I've added myself as your newest follower, and I hope you'll check out my Christian devotional site as well.

    Have a blessed day!

    In Christ,
    Dakota - A Look at Life from a Deerstand

  10. Lovely! And yes, how deep we must dig for the sweetness which is yet there in every spoonful...

  11. Thanks for this today, Jen! My sweet girl had a difficult situation today and we are both trying hard not to believe lies but remember God is in control and there will surely be some 'sweetness' at the bottom of it all.

  12. So simple and true, but often so hard for us to realize. Beautiful post!

  13. "Perhaps if I choose to see the goodness, the sweet stuff of life, everything might taste a little sweeter.

    Or at least the bitter, a little less difficult to swallow."

    yes. and amen.


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