Dive Deep, Look up to Swallow

Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live.” Isaiah 55:1-3

I watched the muscular pelicans glide regally over the calm water this morning, winging, hovering, driven by hunger. Suddenly, at a flash of instant, they rise up, dive deep, their long beak underwater just long enough to grab a fish. They turn back up to balance, rest for the briefest moment, taste. Up tilts the head to open the throat, and gulp. Down goes the fish; breakfast is served.

And so we feed, morning by morning, rousing ourselves, arising, expending effort to take off above the living waters. We watch, we listen, we dive deep into God’s word, and the promises, assurances, warnings, instructions He gives we ingest and savor. We look up to Him, open ourselves in willing reception, and swallow. His living truth becomes our nourishment. Our sustenance for the hours ahead of uncertainty, decisions, threats, conversations, responsibilities.

His waters go deep, His morsels are choice and many. ‘Come and feed,’ He calls. And never does His supply run dry.

The world offers an assortment of food for our daily fare. There are dead critters, tasteless critters, critters that might appear intriguing and satisfy for a while, but leave us feeling empty. The Master trains our insight to know what truly nourishes, the diet that affords spiritual energy and strength, the input that increases discernment and wisdom, the heavenly meat that builds reserves for times when we cannot feed. It is our discipline with Him that develops wings strong enough to go the distance, and grows minds smart enough to know the path to take. It is this consistent feeding that matures our spiritual senses, enabling us to hear and see Jesus in His word and world, and that stirs our desire to follow Him. (Hebrews 5:14)

What pulls us away from the water that gives life? What lethargy weighs down our resolve, what self-pity dampens our spirit, what spiritual apathy leaves us drifting and empty? What takes precedence over our early?

As we begin our days, we can pray for ourselves with Paul, I bow my knees before the Father, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Then we’ll be ready to take off, soar, dive, and look up to be sated. (Ephesians 3:14,16-19)

Lord, keep me coming to Your waters and delighting in Your richest fare. When I rise, satisfied, wing me to feed the hungry world.

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