I had a dream that shook me up pretty good. In my dream I was in a warehouse full of people. We were all hungry.
As I watched, people filed past a big cart with cardboard boxes of breakfast cereal. Many commented on the many choices; Fruitloops, Captain Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios. Some were even eating the boxes.
I know breakfast cereal is on the top of the empty nutrient, sabotage your body, foods, still, I stood dutifully in line, waiting for my turn at the cart. I even found myself a little excited to choose my sugary mix.
But something in me rebelled; I left the line, and began to explore. To my surprise, there was an opaque movable wall where it looked solid. I pushed it aside and walked behind it.
What I saw astonished me! There was an exquisite table set with dishes of all kinds, emitting tantalizing aromas. As I looked closer, I saw name tags and felt a hand on my shoulder.
Turning, I saw my Jesus. Grabbing my hand, He said; “Come! Your place is set, and I have made your favourite dishes!”
Sure enough – there was my name, nestled among seafood dishes, beautiful salads, peppercorn steak, sautéed mushrooms and more! About to sit down, I realized there were name tags for many of the people I had seen back at the cereal cart.
I rushed back around the portable wall, and grabbing people by the hand, tried to pull them away from Captain Crunch to the banquet. It seemed impossible – no one wanted to leave the cereal cart, even though a feast without equal awaited them.
Crestfallen, I ventured back beyond the wall and sat down next to Jesus. “Why wouldn’t they come, Jesus?” I asked a bit frustrated.
“They haven’t tasted my banquet.” Jesus responded. “All they know is from consuming the world’s food. If you come often and eat your fill with me, you will begin to carry the aroma of my goodness, drawing people to my table.”
The dream ended, delight and frustration entwined in my heart.
In Isaiah 55:1-5, Jesus says;
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; you who have no money, come buy and eat! …Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen to me and eat what is good! and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me, that your soul may live!
Looking at my life, I see times I consume the world’s empty breakfast cereal instead of the deeply satisfying fare of the Master’s Table. Movies that seed unholy thoughts and words, jokes at other’s expense, things pursued from wrongful motives.
If I am more concerned with nourishing my physical body with good food than feeding my soul with nourishing fare, I am eternally impoverished indeed!
I want to boldly enter His courts with thanksgiving, and partake of the food Jesus gives that leads to eternal life for me and those around me!
Have you eaten yet today? What table are you eating from?