By Sherrie Anderson

 

“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young- a place near your altar.” Psalm 84:3a

 

I’m hungry!  I am sitting here this morning on my porch listening to hungry chirping sounds coming from a sparrow’s nest that is filled with five little fledglings calling out to their momma to be fed.  I finally give in as their cries are unavoidable.  I can no longer focus on the sermon message I am watching on my laptop so I stop and take note of our littlest guests.  As soon as momma comes close to her little brood they began calling out, wanting her to recognize their individual and collective cries.  They are hungry and want her to feed them.  As a matter of fact, their survival depends on it.

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I recognize my own hunger pains that are deep within.  Hunger pains that I have been avoiding crying out to God to fill.  Maybe it is due to my pride.  I don’t want to have to admit that I am hungry.  Instinctively I want to portray to those in my family and those around me that I don’t have that need.  I am self-sufficient and can take care of myself.

Maybe it’s because I have been hurt and don’t want to confess the need to be fed and mended, as I don’t want to seem weak to those that have hurt me.  Or worse yet, I know that being fed will demand more of me than I do myself.  It means I will have to choose to forgive those hurts as I cannot bite the hand of the One that feeds me by not doing His will.

Maybe it’s due to the un-confessed sin in my life.  I don’t want to have to humble myself and say I am sorry so I choose to just be miserable in my mess. Bird

There is only one problem… I am starving! No amount of food or drink will fill an empty soul or heal a broken heart.

“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.”  John 6:35

Jesus knew that we would struggle with pride, pity, and pain in our lives.  He knew that eventually we would grow hungry for the wholeness that can only be found by being fed by Him, daily.

“Give us today our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11

It saddens me as I realize how often I reject food from my Master’s hand due to my own foolish pride.  Sometimes I am overrun by the weariness and pain that this life can deal us.  Finances, strained family relations, ministry unknowns, health issues, a large family to care for, just to name a few.  I feel withered when I do and things only go downhill from there.  I need to be fed! But in order to be fed I have to move beyond my pride and posture myself just as these little helpless babes.  If they try to find food on their own they will eventually make their way out of the nest and fall to their death, if they refuse to take nutrients from their momma, or look for another source for nourishment they will not survive the day.

We are much like this and we live in a world that is constantly tempting us to look to other things to feed the God-sized hole in our hearts.

What is it for you?  Where do you tend to turn for food that never satisfies?

 

Will we choose to sit still before the LORD, to wait upon Him, and then to allow ourselves to be fed by the One who provides the only food that truly nourishes us and satisfies the inescapable hunger in our souls?  Will we choose to set aside all the other voices vying for our attention and instead choose what’s best… to feast upon the presence of our Healer, Redeemer, Provider, through time in study, meditation, and prayer? This is where our hunger shall be satisfied as with the manna from Heaven itself!

 “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” Psalm 107:19-20

I love that the when I move past all the lies of the enemy to cry out to God, He hears my individual cry and He feeds me, delights in me, and reminds me who I am in Him.

Will you join me today in making ourselves vulnerable by expressing our deepest needs and longings of our heart to the One who knows us best and loves us most?

Daddy, I’m hungry.  I confess that I have need of the kindness of your love expressed to me by feeding me my daily bread.  Forgive me for running to the food that never satisfies.  I call out to you and ask you to fill me with your Heavenly bread.  Give me all that I need for this day that others may see and sense you through my life.  I give to you all the circumstances of my life that cause me to refuse the nourishment You long to give to me and thank You, the Bread of Life in advance for giving me exactly what I need today.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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(I would love to pray with you and for you dear one and would also appreciate your prayers for me. Please feel free to contact me at sherrie@bygraceministries.org or reply with your request.  I commit to bring them before the Lord for you this week.)

 

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