Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nourishment: Forsaking the Happy Meal

Have you ever just craved nourishment?  How do you get it physically, emotionally, spiritually?  Because I have these questions and I want answers, I've asked a series of people to come in and share how they find nourishment.  Will you come along for the journey?  We will meet here every Thursday until the posts  run out.  Have something to share about nourishment?  Contact me and we will set a date!  
Meet Jackie.  Through her words and her actions, Jackie encourages us to live a life that is full of Jesus, a life that is extraordinary.  In fact, as this post goes live, she is leaving with Shanda on a missionary trip to Thailand.  Will you pray with me for them as they shine their lights in dark places?  
The Fast Food life was never what God intended for us. Our bodies were not designed to withstand the effects of a diet of burgers and fries, as testified to in the 2004 film Super Size Me. Eating a diet of McDonalds alone actually began destroy Morgan Spurlock from the inside out. Convenience and comfort was leading to “Death by Happy Meal”.

The Fast Food life was never what God intended for us spiritually either. This go, go, go attitude towards our spirituality is by our design—not His. We are the ones who created the “Read through the Bible in a Year Plan” and the 2 minute devotionals. His plan for intimacy in our lives was not based on convenience and comfort.

When my children were in grade school, they joined our city’s swim team, The Sharks. It was an incredible summer for them, they would go to practice at 4 PM and swim laps for 2 straight hours. Before we would leave the house, I would fill the crock pot so that they would have plenty of nourishment when we returned home. After eating their pork chops and mashed potatoes they would cuddle in their pj’s and drift off to sleep while watching a video.
Being hungry for God and then trying to fill it with a “quick hop onto an inspirational blog-site” is akin to coming home after a couple hours in the pool and eating a few peanuts. We would never do that to our children. And in the same way, that is not what God wants for us either. He wants to give us solid, warm time, and not because we have to please Him with that time. Did my children please me by eating the crock pot pork chops? No, I was pleased when I saw them being filled—and then resting. 

In 1959, Thomas Merton {Trappist monk, writer, and peace & civil rights activist} penned these words:
"What do I need? Hard question to answer. I need something beyond my capacity to know."

As we spend time with the Lord and quiet ourselves in His presence, we can begin to hear the answers to questions we didn't even realize we were asking. Have you ever stood at your pantry starring at the food, or an open refrigerator and thought, "What do I want?" You think that you are hungry, but you don't even know what it is that you are longing for. Time with Lord answers deep longings.

Now, don't misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with an occasional McPrayer. God LOVES that we talk to Him constantly and keep those lines of communication WIDE open. But, it is similar to time with your husband or your best friend. You would not have a marriage that is fulfilling to both parties if it were based on text messaging. There has to be time uninterrupted--time with laughter and tears that produce the greatest intimacy.

Intimate time with the Lord, nourishing from the inside out. Better than any Happy Meal, this is the feast with the One who never fades and is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing and ... God bless you!

  2. Such true words...
    It takes time to eat the 'pork chops & potatoes' meal, but it is so much more nourishing. Thank you for the encouragement.

  3. Really loved this post it got me thinking deep! Thanx girlie!
    XX Dawn

  4. These words jumped off the page at me - "We are the ones who created the “Read through the Bible in a Year Plan” Wow! I had never thought of that in this way. God has been speaking a similar thing to me about remaining in His presence - time for a seven course meal instead of just driving through.

  5. Great Post Jackie! Love the analogy. Praying for you guys. xoxo

  6. Love this analogy. It brings the concept alive and drives your message home well!

  7. McPrayer...that's funny. I can't wait to hear more about Jackie's trip to Thailand.

  8. And sometimes, if we're honest, we're not even after the food. Abandoning burger and fries, we race off with our shiny new toy.

    I am thankful for this reminder: "As we spend time with the Lord and quiet ourselves in His presence, we can begin to hear the answers to questions we didn't even realize we were asking."

    He does have a surprise in store for us. But will we eat with Him long enough to find out?

    Thanks, Jackie, for calling me back to the table. I'm a silly and impatient toddler more often than I'd like.

  9. Such a good analogy. Forsaking the Happy Meal. I've often been amazed at the 2 minute devotional books. I can't even quiet my mind in 2 minutes. :-) You always share such practical truth that speak to me, cause me to ponder and them make the adjustments to be willing to obey the truths God is wanting to teach me through your writings.

    Thanks you,

  10. This is SO wonderful! I love the image of a hearty crock-pot meal...
    Blessings on your mission, Jackie.

  11. This post spoke to me .I have been living the fast food life and feel I need to slow down and join the slow food life.


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