I eat fast. I admit it. It’s a problem. I don’t know that I could out-eat most of my friends as far as quantity, but I bet I could beat almost anyone in a speed-eating contest. (not sure that those even exist, but if they did, I’d be a strong contender.) The Mario Andretti of eating they would call me.
My 6 year old daughter is the opposite. She definitely takes her time, especially when she really likes the food. “I’m savoring the flavor,” she says. She would be more like the Sunday driver of eating.
Savoring the flavor. That’s what my mom used to call it when my sister would sleep in until noon (or later), and then lay around in bed for another hour after being awake.
Not me. I was up on Saturdays at 6:30 am to watch the cartoons, the good ones. You can’t sleep in until noon. That’s like wasting half the day. There’s stuff to be done. People to meet. Errands to run. That’s why I don’t like to take naps. It’s a waste of time. Even in college, I wasn’t much of a nap taker. I would rather do stuff. Be active. Wash the car or go mountain biking.
Only, maybe when it comes to our spiritual life, “savoring the flavor” isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, God may be calling us to savor more of Him in our busyness. Our lives are so filled with noise and schedules that it’s hard to savor anything, let alone the presence of the Almighty.
Every year I go on a spiritual retreat. I’m not tooting my own horn. I need it. I get busy. Distracted. Rushed. Stressed out. Irritable. I always know when I need to get away (and so does my wife, I might add). I get restless. Grouchy. Short-tempered. And she encourages these times because she knows what they do for me.
I relax. I calm down. I unplug from phones, internet, Facebook, friends, everything for a couple of days and focus on God. I savor Him for an extended period of time. And it does wonders to calm me down. Re-focus my life. Remember what’s truly important.
What if we all did that on a regular basis? What if we unplugged from the noise and distractions of this world and regularly plugged into God to hear from Him, learn from Him, get direction from Him, but mostly just to enjoy Him…to savor the Savior for an extended time? It doesn’t have to be for a week. Maybe just for a day or two. Or just an afternoon.
If you don’t think you can take time to savor God, then you probably need it more than anyone.
God gave us our lives to enjoy…not to get burned out, frustrated, irritable, and quick-fused.
Take some time…learn to enjoy God and His presence.
When was the last time you spent time just enjoying God for who He is? Take some time today or this week to slow down and just enjoy Him.
Go ahead…savor the flavor.
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