Eating the Book: Luke 12:22-34
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds! 25 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 26 If you can’t do such a small thing, why worry about the rest? 27 Notice how the lilies grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 28 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith! 29 Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. 30 All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. 34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too. (Common English Bible)
“desire his kingdom”
Over the past week I’ve spent some time thinking about desire. The first session of a Sacred Rhythms group I’m facilitating focused on the topic of naming our desire for God. Ruth Haley Barton writes that our desire for God is the “deepest essence” of who we are (Sacred Rhythms Participants Guide, 13). One thing I’m understanding about desire so far is that it is difficult for me to name my desire. I’m left with questions today: What is my deep desire for God? Am I willing to reach out for more of God and God’s kingdom reality? Jesus, give me the ability to notice where your kingdom is breaking in today, and the deep desire to reach out and participate with you.
In this moment of pause what am I noticing? I am hungry-my body physically needs to be filled. I am tired, yet relaxed. I notice my heartbeat. I am in a public space and there are people sitting around me-I wonder what their stories are? Some are quiet and some are talking softly. I notice that it is easy for my mind to wander. Will I notice you, God, in my activities today?