A Bowl of Cereal

When I was a kid, we used to have these big family reunions. And I do mean big. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother had 12 kids who survived to adulthood. Most of their children had large families as well, so when the Copeland clan got together for a family reunion, it was a really big deal! This extended family eventually become so extended that these reunions became more and more difficult to pull off. And because that first generation of Copeland kids have almost all gone on to another family reunion, the big one here on earth isn’t the same. I'm not even sure they happen anymore. Grandmother used to love to tell the story of the social faux pas I committed at our family reunion when I was 5 or 6 years old. The family then met at my great-grandmother’s house (next door to Grandmother’s) during Christmas. It seems that (and mind you that I’ve never had any external verification of this event) we were all standing before the grand table (likely several tables) loaded down with all manner of meats and vegetables (most of them home-grown) of all shapes and varieties. But as I looked over that table containing more food than produced by some small counties, I turned up my nose and said, “I want a bowl of cereal!” Grandmother would just cackle when she told that story… over and over.

OK, only a dumb kid would settle for cereal in the middle of a banquet feast! But I wonder if that isn’t what we do with God. God has placed within each of us a holy hunger for Himself. David writes in Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” He goes on to say in verse 5, “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” David knew that his deepest hunger was for God and that he only could be satisfied by God. Each of us has that same God-shaped void that can only be filled by God.

And yet we settle for a bowl of Cheerios. That than fill ourselves with God and His goodness, we choose to fill our lives with money, things, pleasure, entertainment and the list goes on. God wants to full us with Himself, and we settle for other things that never quite seem to fill us at all. God wants to us to dine at his table and be filled with this goodness. And we decide to have a bowl of cereal.