A few years ago, we had a fellowship meeting with the Lacour's church in Cave Creek. During the service Bro. Lacour got up and was talking about NOT forgetting where God brought you from. And he was talking about how he STILL REMEMBERS where God brought him from. He STILL REMEMBERS as a child being so hungry that he would go dumpster diving for food. And I turned to the person next to me and said, YEAH, I REMEMBER DOING THAT TOO!!! And the person sitting next to me said, WELL I STILL DO!!! So I started laughing and said...YEAH sometimes I still do too AND I don't need to either!!! (Okaaaaaay not FOR FOOD people! Buuuut ya know sometimes ya just happen to come across a good item that is being thrown away! Like the dresser in my room, and the flowers hanging from my ceiling, my bookshelves...well you get the point...I'm a CHEAP GIRL!)
I really do remember though as a child going DUMPSTER DIVING as a family for food...we were THAT POOR growing up! We would pull up behind the Safeway grocery store and sometimes there would be all kinds of produce my mom would cook with, outdated bread that was still in the package, canned goods, Now you all know why i'm NOT scared of an EXPIRATION DATE...Hogwash I tell ya! If your hungry, YOUR HUNGRY!!! My mom always said, "Beggars can NOT be CHOOSERS!" You may be reading this right now and feeling appalled and DISGUSTED, but don't judge until you've been that poor that you didn't have a choice, till dumpster diving was your ONLY option.
Now if you go dumpster diving for food and you don't NEED to, you've got issues!!! Your probably never going to hear about Bill Gates going dumpster diving for food! Rich people don't NEED to go dumpster diving. But once you learn the trade its something you'll never forget and every once in a while you'll be like ME, whispering to my friend on Saturday, "Sometimes I STILL DO, and I DON'T NEED TOO EITHER!!!"
There was a time in each and everyone of our lives, when SPIRITUALLY we were SO DESPERATE that we would SPIRITUALLY go dumpster diving. A time where you found yourself a midst a HUGE mess in your life and you were scrounging around amongst all the muck of hopelessness and despair, TRYING to find something edible to fill the empty aching in your soul. Maybe I can find it on TV , a radio preacher an uplifting song, good deeds, anything to try and feed your soul and bring meaning to your life! We were DESPERATE!!! You found yourself like the Canaanite woman, begging for just the scraps. "And she said... yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." (Matthew 15:27)
We were POOR! We were begging for just THE CRUMBS that were leftover from the blessings of God's table. However, we have overcome that kind of a life. We were drafted into God's kingdom! We were called to a higher life! We're chosen people! Living for God is a BLESSED LIFE!!! We have been adopted in to God's family! We are no longer beggars!!! We are no longer orphans! We are children of God! We are THE KINGS KIDS! We get THE BEST! We are royalty!!! Yet I ask you this question,
HOW OFTEN do THE CHILDREN OF GOD, find themselves SPIRITUALLY DUMPSTER DIVING, and they DON'T NEED TOO????
Our daddy is RICH!!! There is a feast of SPIRITUAL goodness that is laid before! A table that is spread with the good things of God and yet we don't eat of it. This food that has been prepared for us, its THE BEST there is! Our father has THE FINEST of EVERYTHING prepared for us! No generic brands for daddies kids! Its NOT Mr. Pibb, its Dr. Pepper! Its THE REAL DEAL!!! Its THE GOOD STUFF!!!This feast is not some ghetto Chinese buffet or even the elite Golden Corral. Each plate that is served has been specifically cooked JUST FOR YOU! Because, daddy knows just what each and every one of his children needs! And yet each plate you push away, your to busy, your to tired other things fill your belly and after just few bites your done.
Then all of the sudden life happens, problems, heartache and confusion come your way and suddenly your desperate. You don't know what to do, your hungry, your thirsty, OH if only you had eaten a little more of daddy's food. And you begin to search for it! You scrounge around for the leftovers that have been thrown into the trash because you wouldn't eat! Where's that scripture? Where's that preaching message? Your spiritually dumpster diving, AND YOU DON'T NEED TOO!!! Your RICH! Your the King's Kid! Your ROYALTY!!! You don't need to go dumpster diving,
JUST ASK DADDY FOR ANOTHER PLATE!!!
King Saul was a SPIRITUAL DUMPSTER DIVER!!! "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her..." (1Samuel 28:7) The king allowed himself to come to a place in his life that he was spiritually so desperate that he would go and seek answers from God through a witch. He never would have gotten to this place of desperation if he would have just listened to the man of God in his life. But he wouldn't eat when it was laid before him.
How twisted was this man's mind that he actually believed he could get answers from God THROUGH A WITCH??? But that's what can happen when you allow yourself to get desperate. When you allow yourself to become so spiritually deprived. You don't eat and then you find yourself in the middle of life crisis, Spiritually dumpster diving, and you don't need too!!! There is a feast, THERE IS A FEAST, a fine, well prepared meal that is spread before you!
Are YOU dumpster diving??? You don't need too!!! There's a feast awaiting you! You say, "oh I'm too tired, i'll just sleep a little longer"...NO, Get up and EAT...Its time to PRAY! "Well I think I'll just skip reading my Bible today"...
Your gonna need it for the journey! "Ugh, I'm just in a rotten mood, I think I'll skip church today"....NO you HAVE TO GO! Its the biggest meal ever...Stuff your face and then some... EAT!!! Don't let the feast, the well prepared meals go to waste..You've got to EAT!!! There's PLENTY! You can have all you want and there will ALWAYS BE MORE!!! Daddy keeps the storehouses stocked, just ask for MORE, He'll NEVER RUN OUT!!! Its TIME to give up your dumpster diving...
TAKE A SEAT AT THE FATHER'S TABLE...
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:5-6)
♥Mary Frances :)