I’m hooked on Paula Deen. The reason is a toss up between her southern drawl and the way I can flip her recipes around to fit what my household already eats. There’s one word that comes to my mind every time I get sucked into her show: savory. The food she creates and the atmosphere she fosters are wrapped up in that powerful six letter combination. It’s got me a-thinkin’.
I must confess that the past couple of weeks have been somewhat of a roller coaster. We went on vacation to the beach. That’s always a good time. My husband has shocked the socks off me with his thoughtfulness and sincerity. That’s a bonus. On the flip side, I’ve had moments when I’ve dealt with some very deep and complicated emotions. I won’t get into the why of that since I try to keep these posts under 500 words, but I will tell you what God is doing in the midst of it all. Despite the ups and downs, He’s reminding me of His purposes in and for my life.
Now, what do God’s purposes for my life and Paula Deen have to do with the point of this little confessional? Well, a few weeks back I dropped the hint that I wanted to start revealing keys to lasting joy on my Monday posts. Honestly, ya’ll, I think it might be more for me than for you at this point, but I’m just going to follow through and see what happens. You see, for me, one of the keys to joy is to really sink your teeth into God’s Word, chew on it, and SAVOR it—just like I’d do with one of Paula’s Southern, home-style recipes. I don’t know where you are with your take on Scripture reading, but to effectively experience the fullness of what God has for your life, you really must savor Scripture. You can’t simply read it, and you can’t ignore it.
Savoring means you let the words sink into your soul, just like you’d let the flavors of an incredible filet mignon melt onto through your mouth. Savoring means you remember how it felt to read that part of God’s Word, just like you’d remember an incredible dining experience. My mom is an amazing cook, and I’ve traveled the world some, so I have lots of stories surrounding food. Similarly, I can ramble on and on about times when God’s Word brought tears to my eyes and a shout to my lips.
I’ve been at the lowest of lows. I’ve also been blessed beyond measure. I’ve seen a lot, and, after all of it, I’ve come away convinced that deep, lasting joy is a choice. So, let’s make a choice together over the next few weeks to really sink our teeth into the fullness of flavors that God’s Word has for us. And let’s see what new levels of joy Christ can bring us to. Blessings!