My husband just informed me that he likes to put salt on his rhubarb. Salt? I couldn’t imagine it. He always claims I use too much salt on everything, thus my palate is ruined and I can’t taste the food itself.
He may be partially right.
I’m one of those people who salt my food before I taste it. Not wise, I realize, but old habits die hard. Rhubarb is something you won’t catch me salting any time soon.
I was visiting with a sweet friend and told her about this blog. She told me how “scrumptious” it is to put a little salt on a crisp, tart apple slice. . .Okay. I guess I need to reconsider this.
If, indeed, I am prevented from experiencing the true flavor of my food by adding salt (or too much salt), I don’t learn to appreciate the sustenance the way God designed it. Always a lover of word pictures and analogies, I’m prone to contemplate: If the flavor of my life (my rhubarb) is shrouded beneath all of the salty “things” I add to it, do I really appreciate it for what it is?
“…Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9
Phillip told Jesus earlier, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Like everything would come together and they’d all be satisfied with their lives if only they could see the Father!
After over three years of traveling and sitting under the tutelage of God in the form of the Son, Jesus’ disciples still didn’t recognize that what they so yearned for was right in front of them. I wonder: What exactly were they all concentrating on while God trudged over the landscape, ate with them, and sat beside them in the boat? Were they too busy eating the food He provided for them, or soaking up the popularity of being one of his inner circle? Maybe the glow of the lime light when Jesus did His miracles blinded them from truly considering Him to be Who He said He was?
Could they not see the forest for the trees?
In my own life, I am guilty of surrounding myself with so much comfort and convenience that I sometimes lose track of the most important thing in this life: my relationship with the Creator of the Universe.
What about you?
Do you work so hard keeping your appointments, or keeping up appearances that you miss time with the most important VIP? Are you prone to daydream about that new furniture or car you’d like to have instead of thanking God for the old one that is paid off? I know I struggle at times. Like Phillip, I pray that “if only I had this and it would be sufficient” kind of prayer, when what really satisfies is the very ONE to whom I’m praying!
It’s far easier to board the yacht of yearning for what we think will satisfy instead of enjoying the rhythm of the waves beneath our humble dingy.
Why is it so difficult to just be thankful for a dry boat with a supply of food and fresh water surrounded by open sky?
I’m not much different than Phillip when I ask God for what I think is sufficient, when the Creator of the Universe is right in front of me. I was created to worship God. When He is right in front of me, I can never be satisfied completely with any less than Him and His plan for my life and His provisions.
If you find yourself struggling with the “If only’s”…here are some verses you might want to read. Before you read, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through God’s Word.
- Acts 14:17
- Ecclesiastes 5:10
- Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
- Philippians 4:19
- Isaiah 48:17-18
- Isaiah 58:11
- Psalm 103:1-5
- James 4:1-3