I just had a fabulous weekend away with four of my dearest friends. We spent 2 days in the beautiful mountains of Dillard, Ga. While there our time was focused on seeking God's voice and direction for our futures. Saturday morning we discussed what each of us was needing most from God at that moment. My answer was His LOVE. I spend so much time reading and studying His word in a quest to FIND His love. I want my studies to bring me MORE than knowledge- I want my studies to bring me HIM!!! I YEARN to FEEL God! I want an INTIMATE relationship with Him! I DESIRE to feel Him!!!!
As we walked around the town Saturday, we were intentionally LOOKING for what we needed most. I was searching for LOVE. There was an arts and crafts fair taking place in the heart of town- we decided to take our QUEST there! If God was going to talk to us today, SURELY it would be through cute arts and crafts! I mean we ARE girls. Girls DO love to shop! God is known to MEET you wherever you are- right??!!???? HE would surely know to FIND us at the arts and crafts fair!!!!!! :) :) :)
The more I looked, the more discouraged I became. There was NOTHING talking to me! I saw no hand-made soaps or beautifully crocheted kitchen dish towels that validated that my heavenly Father loved me. I was disappointed, I was hungry, I needed to go the the "ladies" room- SO we decided to end our quest.
As we were walking to our car, we spotted one last booth- it contained BEAUTIFUL antique jewelry and adorable spoon bracelets! I was CAPTIVATED by the beauty! The spoon bracelets were SO unique and GORGEOUS!!! Each one different!! Each one carrying a family's heritage with it! As I gazed at the beautiful bracelets, I imagined grandmothers surrounded by generations of their loved ones. These bracelets were so much than spoons and pearls, they were HISTORY! There was a STORY behind each one!! I KNEW I HAD to have one!!! I HAD to wear this part of history on my wrist! I may not know the stories the spoon held, BUT I HAD to carry it on me at all times!!!! It was not a sign that God loved me, BUT it did signify LOVE- the LOVE of families- past, present, and future!!!!
It is now Sunday morning, I am sitting in bed waiting for my friends to wake-up. I am still focused on my bracelet. Could the SPOON be even more significant than I first thought??? Did God guide me to the bracelet for a BIGGER purpose???? I decided to GOOGLE Biblical importance of spoons- I found a GREAT parable- not in the Bible, but with a Christian message. Here it is:
The Parable of the Spoon
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like. "The Lord led the holy man to two doors.
He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, "I don't understand." "It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves."
As I read the parable I began thinking-
WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY SPOON????
Am I studying and searching ONLY to feed ME ??
I think God wants to remind me of the importance of FEEDING others.
As He SHOWS me more of His love (which He will)- I do NOT need to hoard it- I MUST share it!!!! Love SHARED grows! :) :) :)
What are your thoughts??
What do YOU do with YOUR spoon????
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