Sitting at my breakfast table, this gathering place of nourishment both belly and soul, this dear place my family comes to each morning hungry with the assurance that they will be fed.
The rare times, the quiet times I sit here on my own, peering into the stretch of barren trees that decorate the yard. I watch as the birds come hungry too. Right off the deck, they fly to the feeder, the place they have found seed time and time again. Yet the moment they come and the seed is gone, they slowly begin to retreat and I watch as day after day the number of feathered friends decreases down to none.
As soon as the feeder is full again, their empty beaks return to be filled. It’s as if they know the only place they will be filled is the place where real nourishment is found. They don’t waste their time pecking at empty shells or waiting for nothing to turn into something.
I wonder if we lived like these simple creatures, wise in their ways, if we too would spend less time searching for what doesn’t fill and feeding on empty shells of grain that leave us longing for more. The beauty of God’s word is that it’s a table lavishly filled with only what nourishes and sustains and we are welcome to the feast. We are welcome to drink up His word that quenches the thirsty soul and fills the hungry spirit.
What are you searching for that doesn’t satisfy? Feeding on which leaves you only longing for more? Where are you pecking at empty shells that only fill you with weariness, disappointment, emptiness, and shame?
Our creator says, come, come and eat, come just as you are and be filled to overflowing. Come again and again for this feast is never ending. All we must do is come.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” -Isaiah 55:1-2xo,