What Would You Recommend?
Recently, Rob and I were at a restaurant where I overheard a little boy (4 or 5 years old) ask the waitress, “What would you recommend today?” It made me laugh out loud. I didn’t hear the waitress’s response, but when she returned a few minutes later to take the family’s order, the little boy said, “I will take the peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of fruit and milk.” Excellent choice, sir.
Just remembering the exchange can make me laugh. So stinkin’ cute. And this morning when I read Isaiah 55:2, I thought about how I can be just like that little boy in my interactions with my Heavenly Father. In this verse, God says, “Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.” And my immediate thought was that I love to ask Him for his recommendations, but often end up ordering the same old thing.
Here are a few examples that crossed my mind this morning.
In Matthew 5, Jesus taught that worry is useless and prayer has great power. He was emphatic that God has so much more for His children than fretting about how their needs will be met. But worry is our culture’s bread and butter (or, in this case, pb&j) and I often find myself worrying over situations far more than I find myself praying. It seems to be my natural fare.
In Romans 15, Paul instructs us to be understanding about each other’s weaknesses. He goes into great detail about the beauty of loving each other in spite of our failings. In Romans 14:1, he actually tells us to accept the one whose faith is weak. And yet, it seems that so often the default setting of Believers is to quickly ostracize the ones who are struggling or have lost their way. Our immediate reaction is to want them to know that they failed, not to assure them of God’s (and our) love and acceptance in spite of their struggles!
I could go on, but you get the point. I don’t want to ask God for His recommendations and then just order the same old thing. I don’t want to show up to His Word and then walk away looking and acting the same as when I arrived (James 1:23). I want to to break off a piece of truth and actually plug it into my day. What would it look like if I applied these verses to my life?
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other.” I Peter 4:8
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” Luke 6:31
Imagine the difference it would make in our days if we quit just reading and memorizing God’s “menu,” and with God’s help actually said, “I’m going to live like this is true!” That little boy in the restaurant could not have been any cuter, but I want to stop settling for this world’s usual pb&j. I want to enjoy the spectacular life that God recommends and intends for His children.