Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 20, 2010

What I have prepared…

Have you ever made a meal for your child, and then become frustrated when he or she didn’t want to eat what you prepared? Perhaps they filled up on snack foods, or simply turned their noses up at something you had spent time making. Did it make you feel angry, frustrated, or sad?

At a women’s retreat I went to recently, one of the women compared this idea to that of us and how we treat God our Father. God wants us to fill ourselves with His Word, rather than filling ourselves with things that won’t fulfill us, and yet we continuously run to other things or people for fulfillment, such as work, status, money, other people, food, etc.

John 7:37-38:  On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

If we follow Jesus, we find that He is indeed the Living Water for us, and this leads to a wonder that is hard to describe.

1 Corinthians 2:9:  “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

If we put so much love into a simple meal for our children, and then hope that they will lovingly accept our gift of love, how much more must God want us to accept His gift, which took so much more preparation and sacrifice?



  1. What a powerful and timely reminder! Thanks!

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