Mud pies are really a lot of fun. I loved “cooking” up all sorts of delicacies out of dirt and leaves as a kid. (Too bad that didn’t stick with my adult culinary pursuits!) But sometimes I wonder if we miss out on all God has for us because
we just don’t have a taste for it.
Like a child offered caviar and fine wine, we are disgusted at such strange and bitter tastes. Can’t we just have hot dogs and Twinkies? We want the “good stuff “.
God matures our tastes and desires. He has to teach us what is eternally important. He helps us see our temporary pleasures for what they are – momentary, even if seemingly fulfilling. They are not necessarily bad, but less. He has given us so many wonderful gifts and experiences, but all are less than knowing him.
C.S. Lewis says it well in his book, The Weight of Glory, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We don’t need to downplay what is good and given to us by God. He wants us to enjoy people and life. But sitting in his presence, looking at him, listening to him, knowing him.… everything is put into perspective and our thirst increases for the
only water that will ever truly satisfy – the Living Water – Jesus Christ.
Let’s drink long and deeply from that fountain.