When Hubby and I first met twenty years ago (wow! has it been that long??) I was an extremely picky eater. My mom tells the story that she got real worried about one time when I was a toddler because I wouldn't eat. She even took me to the doctor! His advise was, "She will eat when she gets hungry!" Sure enough, Mom said that after about three days I ate. For those of you who know me know that I still struggle with texture issues though. For example, I love to cook with onions, but do not like to feel them in my mouth when I eat. One more example is how I eat cobblers or food with cooked fruit in them: I pick out the fruit because I cannot stand the way it feels in my mouth, but I love the crust and the juicy stuff!
Another food I really did not like was Oriental food. When I was still at home, if my family and I went out for Oriental food, they would stop at McDonald's drive-thru before going to eat. Can you believe it?! Was I seriously that spoiled?
From the moment we met, Hubby tried to get me to expand my "tastes" for food. Poor guy, he had a hard job! Little by little, with his help, I began to try new things. He would take me to Oriental House, a favorite restaurant of ours during that time, and I would just order fried rice. Then I began to try the rice with chicken. Before long, I actually liked eating Oriental food. Now I have developed a taste for it and love to go there when we can.
I understand that developing an appetite for something and developing a taste for it can be quite different, but I wanted to use the comparison. Just as I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and expand my tastes in food, I need to develop an appetite for God and His Word! The more time I spend with Him in prayer and reading His Word, the more I want to go back for more. I do have to step outside of my comfort zone, I do have to make a plan for drawing closer to God, and I do have to set aside a specific time to be with Him. It doesn't happen all by itself.
Here's the deal: If I feed this appetite, it will grow and bear fruit! If I starve this appetite it will shrivel and die. The biggest problem with this is that I am feeding an appetite regardless! I am either feeding the Godly, more spiritual appetite, or I am feeding the worldly appetite. Maybe I am trying to feed both.
Which one is bearing the most fruit in our lives? Can we spit out more facts about Hollywood stars than we can share the latest happenings in the lives of our favorite missionaries? Do we read more blogs than we do chapters in the Bible? Ouch! Do we spend more time texting than we do praying? I am not trying to be preachy, just trying to make a point.
How can we develop an appetite for more Godly things and less worldly things? We have to step outside or our comfort zone, make a plan and set aside a specific time to spend with the Lord. Our family is trying to follow a Bible reading chart we found here. We chose the plan of reading the Bible through by genres so as not to get bogged down in the harder to read books. Sundays we will read from the gospels, Mondays from the Law, Tuesdays from the History and so on.
Reading the Bible through this year is one way we plan to develop and "grow" our appetite for God and His Word. I'd love to hear what you think about this and any ideas you have that would encourage Godly appetite growth!
Hungry for more of God,