This year as my husband and I dropped by the office to check in to our condo for our beach vacation, we were greeted by this guy…
We wondered if this heron was our welcoming committee! We inquired about him inside the office since he seemed rather tame, having never moved from his spot even as we walked right by him to enter the realty office. The receptionist said he’s there quite a bit and they’d been feeding him. Ahhhh, now I get it. Kind of like the seagulls on the beach if you throw food to them. They will be back!
As always, I’m watching for God’s “beach lessons” when we visit our favorite vacation spot, so I began thinking about the heron and why he kept coming back to that office railing. I was reminded that we, too, return to what feeds us. As we are nourished by something…something that fill us up and satisfies…we want to return to it again and again…or, like the heron, just stay there.
The older I get the more I desire to get in the Word. I’ve studied the Bible for over 40 years and the more I study, the more I learn and the more I am “satisfied” with God’s truths. The more I study, the more I want to come back because I am fed so well when I do. I am fully satisfied when I do…full like eating a big plate of fried shrimp (I’ve had a few while we were here!).
What about you? What do you go back to over and over again because it fills you up? Sometimes we fill up just on junk food and aren’t really nourished, just temporarily full.
Who do you go back to again and again? God wants to be your nourishment every day. His Word is how we get to know Him and His truths.
Think about what keeps you coming back. Is it healthy…physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually healthy? If not, ask God to give you a hunger for those things that truly satisfy…not just for today, but for eternity.
If you struggle to read the Bible try these things:
- Start small…a few verses a day.
- Ask God to speak.
- Write down what He says.
- OBEY what it says.Get an accountability partner to read along with you and discuss what you are learning.
- Get in a discipleship group to be challenged to grow deeper.
- Pray for the desire to read His Word.
I’ve quoted Beth Moore so many times regarding her love for the Word. She tells us, “If you want to love the Word, pray for it!”
I promise you, it works! Like this heron, you will come back to those things you feed on that truly nourish and satisfy.
Watch for more “beach lessons” I’ve received during this vacation. I will post these in the next few weeks.