The Best Sugar Substitute

September 18, 2012

in Everyday Words

Some days I just have to close my eyes to all of the eye candy-the endless pictures and promos and posts and promises to have the life I’ve always wanted.  The Restoration Hardware home, the Gerber baby, the Gap model kids, the supermodel body.

This world promises an all you can eat buffet but when I eat all I can from this world, I just end up with a tummy ache.

Adam and Eve knew the feeling.  Their world was full of good and they ate to the full but just couldn’t stop or deny themselves a thing, not even one little thing.

Not Jesus though, He knew hunger, knew how to say ‘no’ to the world’s promises.  He knew what a hungry tummy and a thirsty ego felt like.  He said no to all His fullness and came to this world empty.

We wake to tummies and emotions and desires all growling and all of us are just dying to fill up.  But will we fill up on something that might actually be the death of us?

‘One who is full loathes honey,

but to one who is hungry, everything bitter is sweet.’

Proverbs 27:7

Forget diet drinks and Splenda and sugar substitutes.

This is the way to sweeten this world-by taking less from this world and finding life in the One who made it.

When we resist, deny, wait, say ‘no,’ we ready our stomachs, our egos, our emotions for real satisfaction.  When we hold off, put it back, walk away, we can welcome Christ to walk right into our lives.

He was hungry and yet was always full.

And He welcomes all of us to empty out, to give it up, to pass it by, and find that if we’re with Him, even the hard and bitter moments taste sweet.

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1 MamaBear September 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

Nicole –

Thank you. You always have a wonderful way of using word pictures to illuminate God’s call. I really enjoy reading your blog and gaining much needed insight.

Paula

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