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Friday, August 7, 2009

Did we find the hearing aid? I'll tell you at the end of this post. But before that, God has been shaking me up with a question. Are you, Glynnis, hungry for Me?

This question came to my mind when I started reading the book of Leviticus. Just so you know, this is NOT light reading. But I'm working my way through the "Knowing Jesus Study Bible." So I'm reading Leviticus.

I'm expecting this to be a challenge, because every time I've tried to read through the Bible in a year (which I'm not doing this time) I get hung up on Leviticus in March and stop reading. But that's beside the point.

This Bible is great because it points out references to Jesus all through Scripture. The introductory information on this chapter promises to connect the sacrifices of the Old Testament with Jesus as our atoning sacrifice. This same information page asked the question: "Why would the aroma of a sacrifice be important to God?" (Read Leviticus 1:9)

The author of this page suggested that perhaps the writer of Leviticus connected the human experience of the pleasant smell of cooking to God's pleasure. That got me thinking about the smell of food cooking. I really like that. I like the smell of brownies and bread baking, I like the smell of spicy Mexican food and I like hamburgers on a grill. But you know when I really LOVE the smell of food? When I'm hungry.

When I'm hungry everything smell great! Except okra ... and beets. But everything else smells fantastic. When I'm full, nothing really smells great.

I wonder if God loved the aroma of the sacrifice because He was hungry to see and experience the devotion of His people. Consequently, that same God must hunger to receive my devotion and obedience. Not just the surface, going-to-church type of obedience. But the kind that starts way down deep in my heart, and involves a sacrifice of some kind. A sacrifice that says "I prefer You God over this thing set before my eyes right now."

God hungers for me. What an amazing truth. Which leads me to my question: Do I hunger for God?

Do I hunger to know more of God? Do I hunger to experience God? Do I hunger to worship God? Do I hunger, really hunger, to hear from God? Or am I "satisfied" by other things?

It's a question that has shaken me up. In the midst of pondering this thought, my daughter lost her hearing aid. It's no small coincidence that I've been hearing God ask if I hunger to hear from Him.

We went back to the soccer field this morning with a metal detector. Still no hearing aid. But there is a bit of good news. I forgot that I purchased insurance that covers loss. So while it will still involve a co-pay, it's minimal compared to the full replacement cost.

God may still have a miracle planned for that hearing aid, but even if He doesn't it's still good.
Because I've learned some lessons this week. I've heard God ask me some questions this week. And I've done some soul searching.

The end result? I need to be hungrier ... and not for food.

In His Love,

Glynnis

7 comments:

Julie Gillies said...

As I read your post I am smelling cupcakes in the oven that my 13 year-old daughter and her friend are baking! They smell GOOD! :)

It's funny, but I've always wondered what God smells like. I mean, I hug my husband after his shower and He smells so good. My baby granddaughter smells sweet. I know this much...I long to hunger for Him as much as He hungers for me. May He make us both RAVENOUS for His presence, and may nothing else satisfy us.

I prayed for you again this morning to find that hearing-aid, and I'm so sorry it hasn't turned up. No one can say you didn't make a diligent effort! But thank GOD you have insurance...far better than $1300.

Oh, and I just might be calling you soon about the whole speaking/throwing up thing. Seriously.

Wendy Blight said...

Glynnis,

Wow! Am I hungry for God??? Some days I can answer that with a resounding "yes!" But most days, if I am honest, I probably am not. I want to spend time with Him, yes, but do I REALLY hunger for Him? I want to, truly I do.

Thank you for this post...pressing me harder and deeper into my relationship with God. Words I will definitly sit with in my next quiet time!

with gratitude,

Wendy

M Kathryn Owens said...

Dear girl - now I can receive your blogs instantly. You continue to bless me with your faith and devotion. Love from mko

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

I am working through the entire P31 speaker blogroll, and I have to tell you- I AM SO GLAD I READ YOURS TODAY! Since I returned home from sHeSpeaks, I have been challenged to begin feasting on what He has planned for dinner. Not the customary "ministry track" I had all planned out that is cookie cutter, but to embrace my personal dish- the originality God created just for me. I loved the brownie reference, and I could just hear heaven calling down to me "Charlie, your batch has nuts thrown in." How true it is!
Fantastic reminder, Glynnis, to be hungry for God and God alone. (1st Cor 10:21) Can't wait to read more!
With my tummy rumbling-
Charlie

Wendy said...

WOW! I loved this post. I am in a season of life where I seem to be hungry for God -- and I pray that is not just a "season" but a new found appetite. Thanks!

amykat said...

oh my goodness, this post struck me to the core. I so often attempt to satisfy my hunger with everything but God.....before I recognize that nothing else works!!
And I love the smell of okra, by the way!

Anonymous said...

I just went to a Beth Moore conference, "Deeper Still" and they talked about going deeper with Jesus and what we really long for in life. Then, I was in Bible Study and we talked about what really gets us excited, like coffee, or kids, or brownies, etc. We should be SO much more excited to spend time with The King of Kings!! Yes, we should have that type of hunger within us for Him. What a timely devotion. I am really trying to work on that area of my life. It is hard to get total quiet moments with 2 girls in the house! Thank you SO much for this blog. I believe when you hear something more than once from GOD that He is REALLY trying to get your attention! Thank you and may GOD bless you and your ministry! :) Julie Spearing