|I chose to make God's feeding word a delicious cupcake. It is sweet to the soul.|
Almost anyone would say I had the whole recipe: fun, food, "things to write home about" (or in to modernize the phrase, things to Instagram about)! Though I was pausing, though I was reading, I was not feeding myself enough of what I really needed. Spiritually, I was harried and starved.
But God knows what I need when I need it. I got up one night as I often do to enjoy the quietness of the house--the time when I most hear the loud noise in my head, the drowning voice of my heart. There were so many things I wanted to tackle in this "unaccounted-for time." Mmmm, music to my ears! I often think I can conquer the world if only I had more time. But I knew where I really needed to be: in His word.
According to my Bible reading plan, I was set to read Luke 4-6, beginning with the temptation of Jesus. Okay, I thought, a familiar passage... I hope I can discover a new jewel of insight in here. Hm. Jesus took forty days to fast and chill with God. I've hardly mustered forty minutes lately and think I'm set. Ouch. I read on. Satan tempted Him when He became hungry. Yikes. Sneaky how he waited for a weak moment. And I think I'm strong enough to stand when Satan thought he had a chance to wear down the Son of God himself? Double ouch. And then I read Jesus' response to his first temptation.
"Man shall not live by bread alone,
[but by everything that proceeds from the mouth of God]."
Yep, you guessed it, ouch #3, the definitive punch to pinpoint my heart. Jesus quoted half of Deuteronomy 8:3 (the other half bracketed above; incidentally, Jesus replied to all of Satan's temptations from Deuteronomy, words God gave Moses in the wilderness).
And there at Luke 4, only four verses into my reading of the night, I had to paint it out.
The more I read the Bible, the more I want to paint. It's terribly distracting.
I was starved for the delicious words of God! I love this picture I had of these words, in the shape of a cupcake, drizzling with icing and bands of colorful layers. It entices me and breaks the mold of the imagery we often see of the word portrayed as stale bread--leavened or not--ha!
Have you had your cupcake today? Go ahead, live off 'em.