A few weeks ago I got an email from Groopdealz, an online daily deals site that features mostly handmade items. I was so excited to see a Lisa Leonard piece featured! I’ve been following Lisa’s blog for several months, and I love her jewelry. We ordered her ‘pieces of my heart’ tokens to use as our cake topper in May, and they’re perfect! But I’ve really, really wanted a Lisa Leonard necklace for so long. And this one’s perfect for me, with its stamped set of silverware and three powerful words.
You see, I spend a whole lot of time and effort feeding bodies. I make weekly meal plans that correspond with grocery sale cycles. I clip coupons. I pick up a produce basket every week. I spend hours planning to buy, buying, and then preparing various ingredients. Food is very important to me. I’ve jokingly called it one of my love languages, because I derive a great deal of pleasure in preparing and serving delicious food that people enjoy. Yes, I’m very, very good at feeding bodies.
But feeding souls? Oh. Feeding souls. And just like that, a little piece of metal with a few words stamped on it brought the full weight of conviction onto my soul. How often do I feed my soul? How many hours do I spend planning and preparing to fill my soul with the Bread of Life? The Living Water? Not enough. Oh, Abba, not enough. And the reality of one of the verses read in this week’s Sunday School begins to sink in.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:7-14, NIV
If I knew the gift of God. If I knew the One who asks for a drink. If I really knew Him, I’d be seeking His eternal water. His living bread. I would spend time with Him, soaking up all that He is. I would feed my soul, and once it was filled to the brim and spilling over with the overwhelming goodness and love of my Savior I could turn and share the Water and Bread with the ones around me. I could feed their souls.
But like the Samaritan woman, I’m so consumed by the material, the physical, the right-here-right-now of my life here on earth that I don’t even desire the Bread. I don’t even thirst for the Water. I gorge myself on the temporary, leaving no room for the eternal. And my Father knows that that’s my propensity. That’s why He calls me:
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.Isaiah 55:1-3, NIV