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Topic: FEAST (07/12/18)
By A Mattingly
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Knowing how impossible it is for me to concentrate when hungry, the Japanese saying I saw the other day, “hara ga hette wa ikusa wa dekinu,” struck a chord with me. It means “no man can do battle on an empty stomach.” When preparing for action, be it a military battle or just a battle in our daily lives, we need to have a full stomach so we can concentrate and make wise choices.
If our stomach needs food for us to stay focused, what food does our soul need to remain focused on glorifying God? There is the obvious, prayer and study of His word, but maybe there is more. Perhaps, we need to eat some soul food to put us in the right frame of mind. There are times I want to speak with God and read His word, but it’s just not happening for me. I can’t seem to find the connection. Can our soul become hangry, making it difficult for us to concentrate on His word? When I take time to look at what’s been going on in my life, I usually see I have been busy, unfocused and have failed to make time for the things in life that bring peace to my soul. It’s time for me to get out in nature or grab my paint brushes to calm my soul and open my heart to the word of God. I can hear His voice it the chirps of the bird perched in a tree as I walk through the park or feel it in the breeze that blows across my cheeks and shoulders as I stand at the summit of a mountain. It’s in my stomach when I belt out a song of praise or dance to the music for His glory while adding colors to the canvas.
After calming the beast of a hangry soul, it’s possible to once again concentrate on the message of His word and connect with His voice of guidance and companionship.
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