Open Wide

Both my parents, and my brother and sister-in-law have had nests of baby birds in their yards this spring, and have regaled us with stories of their tentative first days of life.  My sister-in-law posted this picture the other day.  Too cute.

It made me think of this verse: “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10

When I read these words, and see this picture I think of the contrast of a baby bird with it’s mouth open wide, and a toddler with his mouth clamped shut in grumpy defiance, refusing to have a spoonful of pureed carrots popped into his mouth.

I’m often that surly toddler, turning my face away from my Father as He says “Open wide.”  Sometimes because I think I have important toddler work to do and don’t have time to eat.

Other times because I don’t particularly care for the manna God has on the menu for the day.

And sometimes I opt for a snack in place of a meal.  And by that I mean maybe reading something inspirational on Twitter.

But this week has been one of opening wide and being filled and I’m grateful.

Time with His Words.  Fill us up with Truth that replaces the lies of the world.

Dinners with friends I love where we spoke truth to each other and offered words of encouragement.  Fill us up with life-giving relationships.

Time in the country and on bike trails, and listening to lightning flash and thunder crash.  Fill us up with the beauty of Your creation.

A vibrant online dialog about leadership skills and facing hard realities (you can learn more here).  Fill us up with skills and self-awareness to better serve You.

A mini prayer retreat, listening in silence with others.  Fill us up with your Holy whispers.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for humankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:9

How have you experienced the filling up of God this week?

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