It seems that not one day can go by without me having a battle with my soon to be 4 year old son about eating. Our daily family meals, which should be an enjoyable time for all of us, instead become long drawn out nagging sessions with me having to remind him every 15 seconds to take a bite. It’s not like my son is a picky eater or anything, but for some reason the act of just sitting down and putting food into his mouth is challenging for him. Everything else except for the food on his plate is more interesting, like what the underside of the table looks like, or if a green bean will stick to the wall, or what happens if you fling a spoon with food on it. We’ve tried everything to get him to sit down and finish his dinner – bribes, threats, timers, games – and sometimes they work, for that meal. Then the next meal, the battle starts all over again. Sometimes I want to hold him down and force feed him and other times I just want to give up altogether and let him feel what it’s like to go to bed hungry.
I know I should probably just relax and not stress out about it so much. I don’t want to make eating into a chore for him. It should be a pleasant and enjoyable thing. But if he could only see into my mother’s heart and realize that I nag him because I’m so desperate for him to grow. He’s always been on the small side (which is fine considering the genes he inherited), but I just want him to grow to his maximum potential. As his mom, I know that that won’t happen unless he eats in a normal way.
What does all this have to do with Truth Tuesday? Well, part of it is that I just needed to vent, but the other part is that while I was seething in my frustration doing dishes tonight, the Lord spoke to me a little bit. He said, “Sophia, why aren’t you as desperate when it comes to your own growth in the divine life? What are you like when it comes to your spiritual eating?” I had to admit before the Lord that I’m probably a lot like CC. When it comes time to read the Word or to spend time with the Lord, I’m often too distracted by other things and not so focused on just taking the Lord in. Unlike me though, God doesn’t nag or threaten; He leaves us with the choice. On the very first page of the Bible, God gave man a choice of what to eat, and as we all know, Adam chose the wrong tree. This shows that our fundamental relationship with God is one of eating. When Jesus came to the earth, He didn’t present Himself to people as a ruler or a teacher, but as the bread of life to be eaten. He said “whoever eats Me will live because of Me” (John 6:57). The only way we will ever grow in our Christian life is if we consistently and daily eat of Him.
So let’s not turn spending time with the Lord into a chore. Just as physical eating is enjoyable, eating the Lord should be even more so. The more we eat His word, the more it will become the joy and rejoicing of our heart. If we don’t eat Him, we’re no better than a cranky toddler.