Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sandwich Spread of Life

When I stayed at my Grandma and Pap-Pap Romigh’s as a youngster, lunch time was my favorite meal. My Grandmother was a diabetic and had to eat regularly, so lunch was served promptly at noon. We always sat at the table, dishes were set in quaint style, and the Virginia ham and cheese placed on a platter. The freshest white bread was always used, crisp lettuce, and neatly sliced tomatoes. I stacked all the fixings between the slices of bread, but what really made the sandwich delightfully tasty was the sandwich spread which I thought could only be found in Grandma’s fridge. The special mayonnaise spread melded together all the flavors in my mouth and my taste buds would anticipate the next bite with eagerness.

How long has it been in your Christian walk since your heart thirsted for Jesus with eagerness? How long has it been since you open the Bible and spent time in His word? How long has it been since you took the time to pray sincerely with adoration to a Father who longs to hear from you? How long has it been?

Maybe God seems so far away, because you have distanced yourself from Him. He sets the table for you everyday as my Grandparents did for me. He showers us with the smallest details of His glory such as waking up for a new day. He says,

“I’m here.”

Yet you threw the covers off in anguish because morning had arrived too soon and your husband forgot to set the alarm. He tried the giggles of your children as you slumbered to the coffee pot, but you didn’t hear Him. You just grumbled because there was no cream for your java. Then the race began to get the children ready, to get you ready, and then conquer the quest of the day. All the while He kept whispering,

“I’m here… to me… I long for you today…”

You just kept going. He provided a rain the night before which made everything look so green and full of life. He put the lilacs in bloom and made them fragrant for you to smell, but you didn’t even notice His perfume. He sent many smiles your way, but no smile was returned back from you. Then He attempted to get your attention with the beautiful sunset. It was a barrage of majestic colors ranging from deep orange to brilliant purple. This would surely get your attention and remind you of the Savior, even if the day was almost ending. No, you just thought of tomorrow and missed his knock on your door once again. Yes, He set the table for you. He made everything appealing to get your attention, but Jesus wasn’t important. He was at the bottom of your list. You went to bed earlier than expected…….tired…….irritated…… and angry you hadn’t accomplished enough during the day. You couldn’t sleep well. You kept waking up with thoughts racing through your mind about the list you had already prepared for tomorrow.

Let me tell you a little secret. If you’re in the presence of the Lord everyday in prayer, reading His word, in thought, and in deed………it’s the sandwich spread of life. Remember, the sandwich spread made the sandwich with all the fixings just meld together in my mouth as my taste buds anticipated the next bite with eagerness. You already know and believe in Jesus (the sandwich and all the fixings), but being in His presence(the sandwich spread) on a daily basis makes life meld together with a peaceful contentment that can only come from knowing and loving Him.

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

“Sense”sational Thought for Today...
Take five minutes today and the rest of this week to just sit in quietness. Don’t read the word of God or pray during the five minutes. Just sit and think about Christ. Let God through His Holy Spirit reveal to you His agenda for your day or for your tomorrow. After doing this for a week, increase the time spent in a quiet moment with Jesus. It will change your life and bring peace and contentment.

A Prayer for Today...
Let me walk with you this day my Lord. Help me to see you always…even in the simple things. Please bring to my attention the beautiful gifts you give in the laughter of children and the smile of a friend. Make my heart desire you…thirst for you…long for a quiet moment with you. Amen.


Susan said...

Hi Shannon,

Wow, this was powerful!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cafe yesterday, and for your kind remark.

So nice to meet you.

I love the title to this blog!!!

Contest Chris said...

Great Post! In fact, it's the Featured Post over at Worth a Thousand Words.