Tommy followed the path until it came to a fork in the road. Should he go left or right? He scratched his head. Which way was home? He’d been wandering for hours and knew his parents would be worried. He wanted to visit a friend on the other side of the vast park, so Tommy set out through the forest taking a path his mother warned him about.
Tommy’s stomach growled. He hadn’t eaten since early this morning. The sunlight began to fade. Darkness would soon fall over the dense woods. He didn’t know what to do.
His mother’s voice whispered in his ear.
“Tommy, if you ever get lost just sit in one spot and wait. We will find you.”
The twelve-year old glanced around until he found a huge tree trunk where he could wait. He sat and leaned against it.
The trees loomed over the path causing Tommy to think he would be swallowed by the blanket of fog crawling into the area. It reminded him of the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where the Nazgûl hunted down and chased Frodo through the Old Forest. A chill raced up Tommy’s spine. He pulled his legs up and hugged himself.
Why didn’t I listen?
Pain shot through his stomach and he winced. He had never truly known what starvation meant. What he wouldn’t do for a piece of bread right now.
“Tommy, where are you?”
His mother’s voice snapped him to attention. “Over here.”
She appeared seconds later. Tommy ran to his mom and fell into her arms. “I’m sorry for not listening to you.”
“You had us worried sick. I’m so glad you’re okay.”
“Do you have anything to eat? I’m starving.”
She chuckled and pulled a granola bar out of her pocket. He threw off the wrapper and shoved it in his mouth.
Oats never tasted so good.
Have you ever been so hungry in your life you would eat just about anything? I mean, really hungry? Like starving hungry? Most of us would have to answer no to that question. We truly don’t know what it’s like to go without food for hours, days, or longer. Not like in third-world countries. Just picture those children in all the video footage you see on TV. It’s scary when you think about it.
But have you ever truly hungered after righteousness? To do His will? Have you starved for His word?
We live in an age where everything is at our finger tips. We can get access to anything—right now. We forget to seek God for direction and wait upon Him for answers. We forget about our faith and live out our days thinking we know what’s best for us. We look for tangible answers.
It’s time we hungered after God’s word. Really devouring it like Tommy did the granola bar. Its timeless message of hope is there for us. Answers to all our questions.
We just have to take time to sit down and eat—slowly.
What if we hungered after righteousness? We would live our lives in God’s perfect will.
Are you starving? How about we dig deep into God’s meal? Come, let’s get out the necessary utensils. His word and prayer.
We will continue our feast throughout our days so we will be filled with His righteousness.
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.