More than once this summer I got a taste of what life will be like once the kids have moved away from home. I didn’t like it!
Where do you turn when you need something good to fill a void? I tasted from the goodness of God’s Word. I delighted in the full-bodied flavor of the Spirit’s gifted Word. Sweet morsels of Jesus-words satiated to the very depths of my soul.
Ezekiel’s telling of the words he feasted upon personally came to life.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. [Ez 3:3]
In my longing, I looked around at what the world had to offer and it only left the bitter taste of loneliness. Then I tasted of the words from the Master’s heart and was fed with rich, everlasting promises that bore the fruit of hope and contentment.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. [Jn 6:35]
I know Jesus spoke not of companionship in this context, nor of a physical filling even. But I can honestly say that when there is a longing and one chooses to fill it with Him, a sweet blessedness results.
He replaced that awful taste of emptiness with delicious hope and the rich assurance that He is there to fill the void of an empty home.
So, as my kids pack up to head out for yet another week away from home, I imagine pulling my soul up to a savory fish breakfast on the beach with my merciful Lord.
My Sweet Jesus; Fill every room in this heart and home with nothing but You.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!