That man of mine came from behind and wrapped his arms around me in the kitchen last night. Prayed right in my ear that God would help me write this blog post.
Romance. Right there.
And just before he said his amen, I said, And pray my words will be cheerful.
He prayed just that.
So here is the cheerful and simple message I discovered in the Bible that will help us focus our day:
In Jeremiah 22, the Lord is speaking about what it means to be a king –what it means to know Him, actually. King Shallum has been building a really nice palace for himself, on the backs of his countrymen, and the Lord asks King Shallum to contrast how he is living with how his father lived.
“Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.
(Jeremiah 22:15-16 NIV)
When Josiah was king, he ate a good breakfast and then spent the day helping the poor and needy.
I think King Josiah’s day came into focus while he his head was bent over a piece of flatbread and some fresh fruit. He stopped to think about where the food came from. Thanked God for it. Then he considered who, among the people in his life, couldn’t afford a good breakfast, and maybe he could share.
I’ve always heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what I’m doing this morning is taking a little longer over my homemade waffle –each bite a gift of provision from God.
See how the Father cares for us, that we have full stomachs today?
So we clear the breakfast dishes, and off we go into our routine, with full stomachs, grateful hearts, and a simple focus that maybe we can share some of that goodness with someone else instead of trying to accumulate more stuff for ourselves.
This is what it means to know God.