Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Playing Games

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

A little friend came to visit me the other day and we had a great time.  Everyone should spend an afternoon with a 4 year old to gain a different perspective on things.  A person can learn a lot from someone who can’t even see over the countertop.

My young friend asked me for a banana.  Sure thing!  Bananas are healthy and very good for a growing kid.  I gave him the banana and proceeded to get dinner ready.  We began to play a game….we will call it the banana game.  He put the banana on his head.  A banana hat!  On his chin….a banana beard.  On his stomach, a banana belt and so on.  That piece of fruit was all over the place and then the unthinkable happened.  The stem broke off.  And all of a sudden what was so appetizing wasn’t anymore.  He asked to throw it away.  In my best “mom” voice, I said it was perfectly fine and he could eat it with his dinner.

That poor banana sat neglected through dinner.  Stayed there while the table was cleaned.  My little friend left with his mom and didn’t take the banana. Through the long lonely night, the banana remained on the kitchen table until the next morning when I decided, despite its beat-up state, to eat it with my breakfast. 

How delicious it was!  I ate of it, enjoyed the sweetness, gained nutritionally from it, and was satisfied once it had been consumed.  I was reminded of something, too.

We have God’s word at our fingertips.  There are so many ways in our modern world to have access to scripture.  I have 2 Bible apps myself and I’m sure there are plenty more out there. Most families own multiple Bibles and we think nothing of buying another when we see one with a cool cover or space for journaling or coloring. (Imagine!) But what if we have all of those things and never truly take the time to taste of God’s word and see that it is good? What if we are really just playing the banana game with God’s word and when we are bored with it, we leave it lying there while we go do something more interesting?

My little friend missed out on a satisfying treat because he was playing a game and wasn’t serious. He’s 4. What’s my excuse?

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving kindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.