Small Bites

 

As I read the Scriptures, I find I can only chew on one small portion at a time. When I’m studying faith in Hebrews 11, it’s hard to focus on I Corinthians 13 and love. When I’m reading the Psalms, I’m focused on praise and thanksgiving. I have to trust that whatever bite I’m chewing on at the time is what my soul needs.

Sometimes my soul needs water because I’m thirsty (“as the deer panteth for the water”). Sometimes it enjoys dessert (the mountaintop experiences in life). But other times, a sip of bitter coffee (admitting I’m wrong) offsets the sweetness of forgiveness. Meat and starch for energy. I need it all . . . but I can only take (and enjoy) one bite at a time.

And so I lay aside the guilt that says I’m not praising enough, or I’m lingering too long over the coffee. I need balance. And I can trust God to bring into my life whatever He has planned for me to help me grow in my walk with Him.

What are you chewing on today?

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3 thoughts on “Small Bites

  1. Thank you! I always eagerly look forward to what you write — there is such wisdom here. We don’t have to put the whole meal in our mouths at once!

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  2. Well said, Karen. As you’ve written in the past, it’s easy to have the word “should” be the voice of our heads as we are reading one passage: we should be focusing on another…… rather than be fully present with the Lord, in what He’s teaching us right now.

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